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Posted:  02/25/2012 (10:17 am) | Filed under:  Events,Feature,News,What's Happenin 
April 30, 2012
7:00 PMto10:00 PM

Tickets now on sale for star-studded Candye Kane benefit

Some of the biggest names in blues and roots music will converge on the Belly Up Tavern on April 3, at 7PM  for Big Love, a benefit for cancer-stricken singer Candye Kane.

Tommy Castro, Janiva Magness, Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones and the reunited Beat Farmers will perform at the benefit. In addition, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, Anson Funderburgh, Earl Thomas, Debbie Davies and past and present members of the Candye Kane Band will also perform.

“The only way an event like this come together is because of the respect and love these musicians have for Candye Kane,” said producer Michael Kinsman. “It’s unlikely we will see a lineup of all these stars again anytime soon.”

Kane, 50, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer for the second in late January. She has begun treatment and expects to be unable to perform at times over the next couple of months as she awaits surgery.

Kane has recorded 11 albums under her name and has been nominated for seven Blues Music Awards in recent years. This year, Kane has been nominated as Best Contemporary Female Artist and as the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, the highest honor bestowed by The Blues Foundation. The BMA award show will be held May 10 in Memphis.

Kane also has been an outspoken activist for women’s rights and human rights issues. She is the co-founder of United By Music, a Dutch-based organization that teaches music performance skills to individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Tickets for the event are available for $30 at the Belly Up Tavern, or through A limited number of VIP/Donor tickets are available for $100 through BLUSD at VIP/Donors will get preferred reserved seating as well as gift bag of blues. Tax-free donations may also be made through BLUSD.

Kane suffered her first bout of pancreatic cancer in April 2008 and was able to battle through it. She also has overcome numerous hardships during her tumultuous life prior to her emergence as a rockabilly and blues singer. She has written and performed a number of sensitive songs about social issues as well as some ribald and bawdy songs.

Her 2000 recording “The Toughest Girl Alive” became her moniker and her 2010 autobiographical musical stage play was titled that.

“This event is payback for all the courageous stands has taken in her life,” Kinsman said. “She clearly has won the hearts of these musicians who were eager to donate their time and talent to her benefit.”

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