Bay Area Benefit Planned for Ailing Rogue Wave Drummer

Artists like Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), Ryan Miller (Guster), John Vanderslice, and other as-yet-unannounced musicians are set to perform at a Sept. 30 concert benefiting Rogue Wave drummer Pat Spurgeon, who is in need of a kidney transplant. Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) will emcee the event, which aims to raise money to help Spurgeon pay for the transplant. Spurgeon was born with only one kidney, which failed, requiring a transplant in 1993. The replacement kidney has begun to deteriorate and Spurgeon has been on dialysis since April, waiting to find a donor. Though friends have gotten tested to see if they are matches, “Pat has yet to hear good news,” reads a post on the band’s site. Since insurance will not pay for his transplant when one is available, the band is “trying to raise money for costs like: Donor’s travel, care, bills, lost work wages, etc.”

The benefit will take place Sept. 30 at the Independent in San Francisco at 8:30 P.M. Tickets are available for purchase via the band’s site.

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