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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/25/2007

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

By Fritz Hahn

We always try to bring attention to worthy benefits in this space and there's one Saturday that certainly fits the bill. Cal Robbins celebrates his first birthday tonight, but the heartbreaking truth is that he might not see his second. The son of J. Robbins and Janet Morgan, the local duo who front indie-rock band Channels, Cal suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, a debilitating disease that currently has no cure. Most babies who suffer from SMA die before their second birthday, and the medical bills to deal with the disease are obviously quite exorbitant. To say that Robbins and Morgan need every bit of help is an understatement, as running a small label and recording studio is a fine way to make a modest living, but not when tens of thousands of dollars of medical bills are brought into the equation. There are benefits happening all over the country -- Ted Leo is playing one in New York on Saturday, Chin Up Chin Up headlines one in Chicago Friday -- and Gypsy Eyes Records head Nick Pimentel has organized one here. It doesn't really matter who's playing, but he managed to put together a fine lineup featuring local folkie Brandon Butler, hard rockers Owls & Crows and New Yorkers Beat the Devil, a band whose songs are based around the haunting sounds of one of the most underrated instruments, the harmonium. The event takes place at a former auto body shop turned performance space Pimentel has dubbed the Hoisery, and a $10 donation will be asked at the door, but you can always give more. If you can't attend and would like to donate, you can do so here.

This is just one of the events featured in today's Nightlife Agenda column, which also includes a party for Madonna fans, a top spot for local hip-hop and details about an appearance by reggaeton superstar Hector El Father.

By Fritz Hahn  | January 25, 2007; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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