MARQUETTE - What started out as a CD release party has evolved into much more.
The Redettes, a local band with a new CD titled "Ed," had planned a local gig to celebrate the release of the album, which is the group's first and which is being released by Cincinnati-based Phratry Record.
But when band members Sycamore Smith, Jesse DeCaire and Matt Bullock heard about a fire that had a devastating impact on some friends, the focus changed.
The Redettes, a local band with a new CD titled “Ed,” have two shows this weekend in support of the new disc. From left, they are Sycamore Smith, Jesse DeCaire and Matt Bullock. (Photo courtesy of The Redettes)
Chris and Renee Moore lost most of their worldly possessions in a fire June 1 at their Front Street apartment in Marquette.
"Originally the show was going to be our CD release show, but now we're turning it into an benefit for them, where all the proceeds from the door as well as all the money from the CDs we sell donated straight to them," DeCaire said via email.
"Chris is a local musician-printmaker and Renee is also a very talented artist-furniture maker and they lost pretty much all of their possessions save for a few random things," DeCaire said. "Chris lost all of his music gear, guitars, amps, drumset, PA, etc., and Renee lost her art and artmaking tools."
The Redettes have two shows this weekend in support of the band's new CD, "ED":
- 8 p.m. today at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock, with M. Sord from Kalamazoo also performing.
- 6 p.m. Sunday at Upfront & Co. in Marquette. This show is a benefit for Marquette residents Chris and Renee Moore, who lost most of their possessions in a recent fire. The show is for all ages. Admission is $5. All Redettes CD sales at the show will be donated to the Moores. Also on the bill will be M. Sord, Windmill and Nosferatu Man.
Sunday's show is for all ages and starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $5.
Also on the bill for Sunday's event will be Windmill, Nosferatu Man and M. Sord.
DeCaire said: "Windmill is from Hancock and is the brainchild of Kent Randell who is a Marquette native. (They do) quiet melodic folk music. Nosferatu Man who are plain and simply a heavy metal band. M. Sord is a one-man drumming extravaganza from Kalamazoo."
Upfront & Co. also will be donating a portion from its bar proceeds during the benefit to the Moores.
"We feel the need to something," said Jon Ruuska, Upfront general manager. "Chris and Renee are great employees and even better people. We couldn't let something like this go by without helping. It's a tragedy what happened to them.
"Chris and Renee don't go through life demanding anything from anybody. They treat people well and now I hope that's coming back to them tenfold," Ruuska said. "I hope we can raise good money to help them."
Ruuska said the Moores, who were married within the last year, lost all their wedding gifts in the fire as well, so it's hoped some gift cards to local businesses might be donated to help the couple out in replacing what was lost.
The Redettes brings together musicians who have been part of the local scene for some time.
Bullock, who plays bass, has played in Dan Daniels and the Southern Gents and I Love CATS.
DeCaire, the drummer, was in Sah.
Smith, who sings and plays the guitar and kazoo, was in The Muldoons and also in a band called The Skerbeck Boyz in the 1990s with Brick Olderkiln and Ed Andrzejewski.
"The new Redettes CD is named after Mr. Andrzejewski," Smith said via email.
For those unable to attend Sunday's event who'd like to help the Moores, a Facebook page has been set up to do so. Visit apps.facebook.com/fundrazr/activity/6db7203c27ec49ac849d936f20db764c.
Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is rprusi@miningjournal. net.