Cyndi Lauper to Perform Benefit for Local Musician

Local jazz and reggae musician Wain McFarlane needs a new kidney, and Cyndi Lauper, Lifehouse, Mint Condition, and Soul Asylum have come to the rescue with a benefit concert on March 10th. Some friends of mine lived next door to Wain in Northeast, and he’s a fun guy! Eric has more of the story at his blog:

A few years back, Wain’s brother was Cyndi Lauper’s tour manager, and she became friendly with the family. Wain tells me he once saw her at a party in a gorilla costume. A musician he mentored toured with her. When she performed at the Minnesota State Fair in 2004, she let Wain sing “Time After Time” with her, letting him ad lib a verse dedicated to his late sister. She brought him back out on stage for “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” which Wain and her bass player spun into an impromptu reggae jam.

Details from the Cyndi Lauper site:

On Saturday, March 10, 2007 Cyndi Lauper, Lifehouse, Mint Condition and Soul Asylum will ROCK the Myth in Maplewood, MN to save the life of Wain McFarlane! Wain is a musician and friend dying from Kidney Disease. He needs not only a new kidney, but the financial resources to pay for all of the aftercare. So, March 10th it is. The big day to raise the money, throw the concert and sing for Wain. Together with the great state of Minnesota and its wealth of musical fans and talent, everyone is hoping to raise the roof on the Myth and enough money to benefit Wain’s healthcare & living expenses for at least the next 365 days.

And visit WCCO for a news story about Wain.

2 Comments so far

  1. Erica (unregistered) on January 31st, 2007 @ 12:52 pm

    Wow, that’s a helluva mix of artists. I’d go see the concert even if it wasn’t a benefit, just because the likelihood of seeing those four groups together is pretty slim. I wanna hear that “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” reggae jam.

    And of course it’s at Myth.

    Seriously, though. That’s awesome.

  2. derrik dyka (unregistered) on February 1st, 2007 @ 12:57 pm

    i so wanna go. im sending this to my wife

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