On Sunday afternoon, Jan. 31, I hope to see you all at the Michael Ubaldini Benefit Concert. The fundraiser, set to be held at Tumbleweeds Saloon, 21094 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., will raise money for Fountain Valley-based singer-songwriter Michael Ubaldini.
One of Southern California's most acclaimed and influential artists, Ubaldini was rushed to the hospital shortly after enjoying a Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 26, 2009. He didn't get out of the hospital until mid-January 2010. He is now at home recovering from a rare infection surrounding his heart valve; the condition is known as Endocarditis.
The condition has left Ubaldini weak, and forced the hard-working rocker to cancel all shows until he completes his rehab.
The benefit show will featuring a number of well-known area acts, including the Tricia Freeman Band, West Coast Strayz, Girls Nite Out and singer-songwriter TJR. All of those artists will perform Ubaldini-penned songs. In addition, Norwegian Wood will also make a highly-publicized reunion at the benefit show; the group was considered among the best Beatles tribute bands of the 1980s and featured a trio of future heroes who got their start in the Fab Four-minded band. Walter Clevenger (who heads the Dairy Kings), Danny Walker (of Handsome Devil) and Brian Martin (who went on to play with power pop giants The Tickets) will all play a set of Beatles music at the show.
For those who can't make it out to the show, mail a check payable to the Michael Ubaldini Benefit Fund care of US Bank, 17150 Magnolia St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708.
If you see me at the show, please come say "hi"!