posted on December 05, 2012 07:00
Phillip-A-Looza Returns With Huge Local Lineup to Fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease
When: Saturday, Dec 8 6:00PM
Where: Old Rock House
Cost: a well spent $10 / 18+ only
Every holiday season, the St. Louis music scene embraces a sense of charity. In what has become a must see for local music fans, Phillip-A-Looza: A Concert to Fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease, has grown into the very embodiment of that spirit. This year’s installment looks to be the best yet. The concert returns to the Old Rock House concert venue in St. Louis, MO for its seventh installment on Saturday, December 8th.
Hosting 8 bands and running the gamut from reggae to bluegrass to bagpipes to rock and blues, this multi-band concert features a lineup that is as diverse as it is massive while boasting some of the top names in the local music scene. Aaron Kamm and the One Drops bring their unique blend of Reggae, Rock, and Blues to the festivities for the first time this year. The Hatrick, from mid-Missouri, return with their high energy brand of “stomp grass” for the second time. Big Brother Thunder and the Master Blasters will throw down a set of soul, funk, and booty shakin big sound fun. The Lightning Bottle Band (the unofficial hosts of this party every year) return with their Americana blend of rock. Joe Stickley and Sean Canan return with their style of Irish music meets bluegrass. The Scandaleros will open the party with their blend of swampy funky blues rock. The Snarky Gargoyles (made up of members of Madahoochi, the Schwag, the Lightning Bottle Band and more) with special guest Scott Rockwood of Madahoochi, will play the late night set to close the night with a bang! Plaid to the Bone will play short sets between the main stage acts delivering bag pipe rock and roll. The Cosmic Collaborative Dancers will also perform throughout the evening.
Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the ALS Association-St. Louis Regional Chapter. The association works to generate fund raising to assist in research to help find a cure for this dreaded disease, as it is commonly referred to, is a terminal disease that can strike anyone at any time. Every year, between 5000 and 6000 people are diagnosed. It is a progressive neurological disease. Essentially, the body’s muscles begin to weaken and fail. These muscles include the muscles that aide in breathing, eating, and most every other muscle group in the human body.
The event is held in memory of Phillip Wright, who died in May of 2006 after a particularly grueling battle with the dreaded disease. He was a military veteran, a loving husband, father and grandfather and a community leader in his hometown of Creve Coeur. His son, Phil, who is a high school teacher and coach at Hazelwood West, also plays in the local blues rock outfit, The Lightning Bottle Band. In November of 2006, after discussing his idea with a few friends who were also in the local music scene, the first ever Phillip-A-Looza was held and raised proceeds for the Robert Packard Research Center for ALS at Johns Hopkins. The event was a tremendous success. The 2007 event doubled the previous year’s proceeds and was a smashing sell out success. The 2008 event was a near sell out as well and the proceeds once again doubled. Every year, the show grows and grows as this becomes one of the must see events of the season. The goal for this year is $10,000.
This year’s event will offer a fabulous menu of dinner items available at the Old Rock House. There will also be a silent auction and raffle prizes with items including tickets for sporting events, concerts, Lake of the Ozarks getaways, sports and entertainment memorabilia, and plenty more.
The previous years have featured an eclectic mix of local and national music. Bands such as Jake’s Leg, Gumbohead, The Dogtown Allstars, Madahoochi, The Funky Butt Brass Band, 56 Hope Road, Speakeasy, the Brother’s Lazaroff, and more have all played previous year’s shows.
The event is in need of sponsors and offers several areas and levels of contribution for those willing to help out. For more information, or if you are interested in sponsoring Phillip-A-Looza 2012, please contact Phil Wright via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or the ALSA-STL Chapter at 1-888-873-8539 Ex 2.