ST. PAUL, Minn. (February 27, 2005)-G.B. Leighton, a Minnesota based rock band, will play host to a special fundraising benefit on February 27, 2005, at O¹Gara¹s Bar & Grill, located at 164 Snelling Ave N. in St. Paul. The benefit is being held in support of Matt Everson, G.B. Leighton Chief Guitar Technician, who suffered a severe accident while in Acapulco, Mexico in January. Matt fell five stories and miraculously he survived the fall. He has required numerous surgeries on a severely broken arm and will require significant rehabilitation. Matt has always used his music career to help others when called upon. The band that employs Matt - G.B. Leighton, is also known for their community outreach efforts. The Band along with friends and family of Matt have taken it upon themselves to return the favor with this benefit concert. The event will feature several top local musicians, celebrities, and friends of Everson, including: Tim Mahoney, Will Bauermeister of Dazy Head Mazy, Tony Sims, Nathan Anderson, AWA High Flyer¹s - Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne (first appearance together in 21 years), other various musical guests, and of course, G.B. Leighton. This is a great line up of Minnesota musical talent together on one stage. The benefit will begin at 6:00 p.m. with hordevours, socializing and a silent auction that will end at 9:00 p.m. The auction will include many items ‹ autographed guitars, assorted gift packs, autographed celebrity items, concert and sporting event tickets, and much more. Participating bands will play from 8:00 p.m. until midnight. Guests must be 21 years-old after 9:00 p.m. A five-dollar minimum donation will be requested at the door and all donations and silent auction proceeds will benefit Everson¹s rehabilitation costs. For more information about G.B. Leighton, and this event, contact www.gbleighton.com --------------------------------------------------
Yeah, this is me shilling, but for a good cause. I met Matt a few years ago when I got the opportunity to run lights for this band a few times. He's a great guy, (he was sleepwalking when he fell) and I thought I'd spread the word so if some of the W's in the Twin Cities area might want to attend to get a pic or meet them (Brunzell and his wife are big followers of this band - great people), and if it helps his cause, even better. Hope some of you can make it!
For one brief, shining moment, I thought this was going to be the beginning of the Greg Gagne Victory Tour '05, as he and Jumping Jim Brunzell would teach these young whippersnappers a thing or two about tag team wrestling.