Lean on the music
Music often plays a supportive role in our community when it comes to lending a helping hand to those who may be in dire need of assistance. I cannot tell you the number of local bands and musicians who have selflessly donated their time and talent throughout the years for countless benefits and fundraisers. On Friday, May 4, Chris’s Kidney Connection will present “Rockin 4 Chris” at Genetti’s in Dickson City featuring a Battle of the Bands with local acts Graces Downfall, The Invisible Swordsmen, 1 Hot Mess and Bad Ash. The event is being held for Christopher M. Polk who was diagnosed at age 22 with end stage renal failure in March of last year. The goal is to raise much-needed funds for medical expenses related to an organ transplant, as well as raise awareness for organ donation in general. Since the diagnosis, Polk has undergone extensive dialysis treatment three times a week in order to sustain his own life.
The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m., and will feature food and refreshments, basket raffles, auction items and a cash bar. This event is open to the public with all proceeds benefiting Chris’s Kidney Connection. Tickets for the event are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. To purchase advance tickets, visit www.rockin4chris.eventzilla.net or call 489-2830.

The Saints return
The Underground Saints will reunite and perform their first show together for the first time in almost two years on Friday, May 4, at The Woodlands Streamside Bandstand. The band is coming back from an extended break after supporting their debut album, Broken Machines, in 2010. Now in the final rehearsal stage of their reunion, the Saints line-up is John Smith (vocals, guitar), Pat Flynn (lead guitar), A.J. Jump (drums) and Mark Kiesinger (bass).
This will be a free show and will also feature performances by Brooklyn-based guitarist Justin King as well as The Badlees. Doors will open at 9 p.m. with show time at 10 p.m.

Strike a chord
Music is not only an artistic form of expression; it is also an art form that directly influences other creative avenues. The Vintage Theater at 119 Penn Ave, Scranton, will showcase this correlation as they present Rhythm of The Region II. This second installment of the display will further spotlight the history of the local music scene through several artists and contributors who have combined photography, drawings, graphic design prints and venue specific memorabilia. The opening reception will take place in conjunction with First Friday, May 4, and will also feature a live drawcore event hosted by Ted Michalowski with music provided by Smeltzer and Smith. The show will begin at 6 p.m.

Andale, Andale
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration commemorating the historic victory of the small, ill-equipped Mexican army over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The French ultimately conquered Mexico, ruling the country until 1867, but you can still help celebrate the single victory all across the region by enjoying discounted margaritas and gulps of tequila. Just make sure to leave your beret and preference for fine wine at home.

Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Jack White Blunderbuss (Third Man Records) 2012