Concert to benefit motorcycle crash victims

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published September 20, 2019

 The Lows are among the artists that will perform Sept. 28 in a benefit concert for Amanda Farrow and John Gelardi at the Diesel Concert Lounge and Theater in Chesterfield Township. The band members are, back row, from left: Wolf and Angelo Coppola; front row, from left: Nick Behnan, Brandon McNall and Duane Hewins.

The Lows are among the artists that will perform Sept. 28 in a benefit concert for Amanda Farrow and John Gelardi at the Diesel Concert Lounge and Theater in Chesterfield Township. The band members are, back row, from left: Wolf and Angelo Coppola; front row, from left: Nick Behnan, Brandon McNall and Duane Hewins.

Photo provided by Daniel Plucinski

 Tosha Owens is ready to play at the benefit concert with her band the Stable Dudes. Amanda Farrow and John Gelardi were involved in a motorcycle crash, and proceeds from the concert will go toward helping pay their bills.

Tosha Owens is ready to play at the benefit concert with her band the Stable Dudes. Amanda Farrow and John Gelardi were involved in a motorcycle crash, and proceeds from the concert will go toward helping pay their bills.

Photo provided by Andrew Whitus

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WARREN/CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP — The local music community is banding together to help two friends with their finances as they recover from a motorcycle crash.

In July, friends Amanda Farrow and John Gelardi were involved in a near-fatal motorcycle crash in Warren. They were each in the ICU for several days, spent many weeks in a local hospital, and continue to recover at nearby rehabilitation centers.

Because of the incident, neither Farrow nor Gelardi, both of Warren, have been able to work. Those who know the pair have decided to hold a fundraiser to help them pay their living expenses so they can focus on their medical bills.

On Sept. 28, Hard Edge Entertainment and Diesel Concerts will host a benefit event for them at the Diesel Concert Lounge and Theater in Chesterfield Township. A number of local musicians will lend their talents for the event.

“I really wanted to do something special for my friends, and I’m so glad that I have the past experience with charity and benefit events to put together something this big. This is so personal to me,” Hard Edge Entertainment’s Howie Herula said in a press release.

“My goal is to try and make sure Amanda doesn’t lose her house and that their bills are paid for a few months until they are both able to work,” Herula, of Warren, said.

According to Herula, both Farrow and Gelardi “are slowly getting better, but both still have a long road ahead of them.” It’s unclear if they will be present at the concert since they are still recovering and not yet home.

Admission to the benefit costs $10 per person. Artists scheduled to play include the Lows, Tosha Owens, the Dave Hamilton Band, Screw, Misty Love, Demension, Volcano and the New Radio Standard, Cadre, Kaddy Rebos, Punch List and more. The audience will be treated to rock, blues, hip-hop and acoustic tunes. And while they’re at it, the artists will throw in a bit of heavy metal.

Along with the music, there will be basket raffles, “big ticket” item raffles, 50/50 drawings and more to help raise money. Doors to the show open at 4:30 p.m., and the event is open to people of all ages. All proceeds from the event will benefit Farrow and Gelardi.

“They’re both good friends of mine. They’re both very nice and very giving and generous,” Owens said. “They are always there for you. They have a long road of recovery ahead. This is the least we can do for them.”

Owens — whose influences include Barbra Streisand, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Janis Joplin and Etta James — will perform with her band, the Stable Dudes. They’ll entertain with a mix of blues, Motown and rock.

“This is going to be a nice show and very special,” Owens said.

With its blend of punk and rock music, the Dave Hamilton Band got back just in time from playing in Asheville, North Carolina, to perform at this week’s benefit concert.

“I’ve met John a few times, and Amanda is like my little sister,” Hamilton, of Mount Clemens, said. The musician has been in touch with both Farrow and Gelardi since the crash.

“They’re amazingly getting better,” Hamilton said, adding that he promised to play Farrow’s favorite tune Saturday: Prince’s “Purple Rain.” “It’s going to (have) a great turnout. They’re very nice people.”

The Lows will bring their style of “supersonic groove rock” to the gig. There will be no stopping vocalist and lead guitarist Angelo Coppola, guitarists Nick Behnan and Brandon McNall, bassist Wolf, and drummer Duane Hewins once they plug in their amps.

The band members, who hail from Macomb Township, Southfied and the downriver area, will belt out songs from their self-titled 2017 EP, plus other originals. There’s also a chance the band will hit a high note with an MC5 tune, a Motown classic or something from the Stooges.

“We do a lot of Detroit covers,” Coppola said. “We like to pay homage to the great Detroit acts.”

The Lows have been making a name for themselves on the Detroit circuit. They’ve opened for Candlebox at the Fillmore in Detroit and for Sponge at St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit.

Although Coppola does not know Farrow or Gelardi personally, he is friends with Herula and didn’t hesitate to be part of the show.

“I think it’s really good to give back to a good cause like this.”

The Diesel Concert Lounge is located at 33151 23 Mile Road. For more information, call the venue at (586) 933-3503.

Any last-minute basket donations or other raffle-type items will be accepted until Sept. 27. For more information, email thehardedge@wowway.com.

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