Drummer gets a little help from his friends.
For years, Jivan Valpey has been a smiling presence in the local music scene. So when the man, known simply as "Jivan" to most, took ill earlier this month and had to be rushed to Sacred Heart Medical Center for an emergency appendec- tomy, musicians around town did what they do best: They put together a show.
Jivan's Winter Blow Out (previously titled the Gutbuster) is the title of Saturday's benefit for Valpey, who, like a lot of artists, is without health insurance. Organizers hope to raise at least $2,000 to help cover a hospital tab that could exceed $10,000.
"He's a really good friend, a great guy and he's such a fixture in the scene," said Scott McLean, president of the Eugene based Leisure King record label, which is sponsoring the benefit.
Valpey, who is the drummer in the punk band the Pass Out Kings, plays with several other outfits in town as well. He'll be among the featured performers at Saturday's event, which will include sets by 11 bands, raffles and prize giveaways.
"I can't tell you how joyful it makes me that people care to the degree that they do," Valpey said. "I always feel like I'm a big pain in the ass to people, so when they get together like this, it's definitely a heartwarming thing."
At least one of the musicians performing at today's show knows what it's like to watch the music community rally around his hospital bed.
Dan Schmid, a member of the Visible Men and Wheel of Meat, found himself in the emergency room 10 years ago after he suffered through a life-threatening asthma attack. A member of the Cherry Poppin' Daddies at the time, he watched as a group of local musicians organized a benefit that helped raise more than $1,000 to help cover his bills.
"Sometimes, you just need some help, there's no two ways about it," Schmid said. "It's kind of like the old Amish barn-raising concept where, when some dire need pokes through in the community, the community comes out to take care of it."
Along with Schmid's two bands, the lineup for Saturday's event includes the Courtesy Clerks, Tom Heinl, Ed Cole and the College Girls of Tora Bora, Dan Jones and the Squids, the Naysayers, the Ovulators and the Shudders.
Valpey, who says he's been given clearance from his doctor to play "until it hurts," will be performing with his band and with a new rock band that's calling itself Vagiant.
The Eugene supergroup features Ed Cole, Mark Rogers from the Courtesy Clerks, and Steve Perry and Jason Moss from the Cherry Poppin' Daddies.
"Jivan is loved by millions," Perry said. "It (a benefit concert) is just something that you do here in Eugene because being a musician, that's how it works. We only have each other. We've known each other for years, we play together and we're sort of peers.
`It's the right thing to do."
Jivan's Winter Blow Out
With: Pass Out Kings, the Visible Men, the Courtesy Clerks, Tom Heinl, Vagiant, Ed Cole and the College Girls of Tora Bora, Dan Jones and the Squids, the Naysayers, the Ovulators, the Shudders, Wheel of Meat
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: John Henry's, 77 W. Broadway,
How much: $5 with additional donations accepted
GuardLine: To hear music by the Pass Out Kings call the GuardLine at 485-2000 from a touch-tone phone and request category 3475
The Pass Out Kings' Jivan Valpey (second from right) faces $10,000 in medical bills.
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|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Mar 21, 2003|
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