By James Pleasant
Don your best ‘80s gear and break out the Aqua Net because Sweet Relief’s Sweet 80s Benefit Concert is coming to town.
Actor Finn Wolfhard, who played Mike in the blockbuster Netflix series Stranger Things, will host Sweet Relief Musicians Fund’s inaugural “Strange 80s” benefit concert on May 14 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, featuring performances by a slew of musicians and celebrities covering hit songs from the 1980s.
Tenacious D, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Sarah Silverman, members of OK Go, Taking Back Sunday, Velvet Revolver, Steel Panther, Filter, Anberlin, Goldfinger, Sugarcult, Anthrax, and more are set to perform — and we can only begin to guess which sweet ’80s tunes they’ll resurrect for the occasion.
All proceeds from the concert will go toward Sweet Relief’s continuing efforts to provide financial assistance and support to musicians in need due to illness, age, or disabilities.
An array of exclusive prizes will be awarded through a Silent Auction, and 250 winners will have the opportunity to attend a rooftop after-party featuring Rain Man from Krewella.
“As a career musician, Sweet Relief came to my rescue a few years back when I was severely injured in an attack,” said Matthew Leone, Sweet Relief global ambassador and bass guitarist. “Knowing intimately the paramount value of this work, we are humbled and grateful for the caliber of artists enlisted to participate in what will unquestionably be the best party and show of the year.”
Sweet Relief has been assisting musicians in need since 1993, when the organization was founded by singer-songwriter Victoria Williams.