On Friday, Jan. 9, Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW) is the site of a benefit concert for local working-class hero Charles Ranalli. Ranalli was seriously injured during a violent robbery while working at the 7-Eleven on 12th and Lomas in early December of last year. Proceeds from this show are meant to help support Ranalli’s recovery, offset his medical expenses and help make up for his lost wages.
The fundraising lineup includes rowdy country-esque rockers Youngsville, whose tune “Son of a Bitch” is burning up my speakers as I write this. Also on the benefit bill are local fluidic funksters Merican Slang featuring far-out saxophone sensation Romeo Alonzo. The sometimes heavy but somehow lilting and darkly complex guitar-driven sounds of Albuquerque indie adherents Port Alice add spice to the evening’s program, which also includes rockers Lights Out!! and the even spicier actions of Burlesque Noir. Tickets for this awesome combination of community action and total rock experience are only $5. The doors to our city’s heart open at 8pm, and the music flows outward at 9pm. (August March)