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Two Petaluma Concerts Fight Crohn's, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Friday 27 September 2019
Two Petaluma concerts fight Crohn’s, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
People say music heals.
That might be true in more ways than one.
A pair of upcoming Petaluma concerts by fan-favorite musicians aim to do more than just entertain full houses at The Big Easy and The Mystic Theatre. With back-to-back shows next week, the Seattle-based honky-tonk band Chris King and the Gutterballs, and Juneau, Alaska’s internet-popular singer-songwriter Marian Call, each hope to raise some much-needed cash to beat debilitating ailments that, while commonplace, are rarely talked about. Those ailments are Crohn’s Disease and ME/CFS (aka myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome). Though the musicians are fully expecting to use their time in Petaluma to help people suffering from Crohn’s and ME/CFS, Call and King — and the producers of these shows — definitely plan to do it while lifting spirits and generating some genuine, foot-tapping happiness.
Both of these appearances, while designed to send attendees out with a happy song lingering in their heads, could end up doing something even more enduring: the eventual cure of conditions that, according to the many members of these nonprofits, affect many in our community, but rarely get the attention and monetary support of better known illness.
Transformation is also a theme in the music of Marian Call.
A certified “Geek culture” internet celebrity, Call has risen to popularity through masterful use of social media and wildly powerful YouTube videos. She has produced 10 CDs over the last 12 years, and while touring Europe, the United Kingdom, Canada and all 50 states in the US, the effervescent entertainer has built a huge following with what her fans call her infectious “acoustic joy jazz.” Call’s cleverly written songs are uniquely vivid, warm, whimsical and engaging, as one would expect from someone who says her primary creative influences as Joni Mitchell, They Might Be Giants and Dr. Seuss.
The benefit at the Mystic will include brief talks from experts representing the local organizations Open Medicine Foundation, the Bateman Horne Center, and the Solve ME/CFS Initiative. In the US alone, according to information posted to promote the concert, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome strikes 2 million people a year, adults, children and teenagers included. The ailment, which currently has no cure, is a common cause of suicide in this country. Not only has there been relatively little research done on ME/CFS, a profound lack of public awareness is probably contributing to the disease’s low priority status.
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