Sweet Relief has raised more than $9,000 by selling FretWraps String Muters donated by Gruv Gear. The charity will continue to support those in need by raising more money with additional donations from Gruv Gear, which include: GigBlade gig bags for guitar, bass and ukulele; Sliiv Tech Sleeves for laptops and tablets; and Vibe school backpacks. In previous years, Gruv Gear has also provided GigBlades for many of Sweet Relief’s signed guitar auctions.
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to musicians and music industry workers struggling to make ends meet when facing illness, disability and more recently, COVID-19.
“Our team is super proud to support such a great cause, especially in these unprecendented times of the pandemic, affecting so many musicians around the world,” Gruv Gear founder and president, Jay Baldemor, said. “The amazing people at Sweet Relief continue to create timely programs to help musicians in need, and we’re happy to even be a small part of that.”
Aric Steinberg, executive vice president of development and artist relations at Sweet Relief, added, “We’re so grateful to our friends at Gruv Gear for supporting our music community, their donations have raised over $9,000 and we’ve been able to help even more people thanks to their contributions. Gruv Gear is directly responsible for providing assistance with vital living expenses to over 20 music industry professionals in desperate need. Thank you to Jay, Janeth, Jeff and the rest of the amazing team at Gruv Gear!”
Check out Twitch streamer BunsOfBread as he gets his game on and raises funds for Sweet Relief over the next month! So grateful to be a part of this.
Follow him on Twitch to get notifications for when he goes live!
September 22nd, 2020
Join us on Sunday, September 27th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM (PDT) for Sound Effects: SF Bay Area Musicians Relief, a mini-version of Sound Summit 2016, powered by nugs.net and featuring performances from Wilco, Los Lobos, Bill Frisell, The Stone Foxes and Matt Jaffe, all of whom have graciously allowed use of their performance footage for this endeavor. The stream is free to watch and 100% of all donations raised will go directly to Sweet Relief and our efforts to help musicians and music industry workers affected by the pandemic. We're so grateful to be the beneficiaries of this amazing event!
If you’re inspired to donate to the fund before the Sound Effects stream, you can do so at www.soundsummit.net/effects
Viewing options will include Nugs.tv at 2nu.gs/SoundSummit and here on our Facebook page at
Join us for the 2020 Waffle House Tunie Awards, in association with TouchTunes and supporting Sweet Relief. Watch live online, only on stabal.com.
Since they first opened their doors way back in 1955, Waffle House has been a place to celebrate great food, great friends and great music, which is why TouchTunes Jukeboxes are in every one of their restaurants. And each year, they celebrate this music at the Tunies.
On November 15th, winning artists will be announced and presented with their awards, there will be live performances taking place, plus you'll get an exclusive premiere of this year’s latest Waffle House song!
VOTE NOW! To vote for your favorite artist to win an award, head to your local Waffle House, open your Touchtunes app and simply play their songs. The results will be announced on the night!
To support Sweet Relief, all artists are donating exclusive performances for an online ‘After Show Party’ Benefit Concert. Book your ticket for a minimum donation of $3.00 (donate more if you wish) on stabal.com. As a thank you, you will receive a 75% discount voucher for any Online Concert on Stabal.com, 10 TouchTunes Jukebox credits and a waffle coupon from Waffle House!
Classic rock veterans, Little Feat, are no strangers to The Capitol Theatre, having played countless shows over the years since the 1970s. On Wednesday, September 23, at 8PM ET, the band joins FANS to relive their January 15, 2013 show once again with a special Q&A featuring Bill Payne. Music lovers are encouraged to make a suggested minimum donation of $9.99 or more to enjoy the show.
The year of 2013 found the band during a transitional period between lineup changes, playing with a renewed sense of purpose. At this legendary show, fans will see and hear the band playing both well-known hits as well as newer material from the recently released album Rooster Rag. Rooster Rag, by critical consensus, is their best studio album in twenty years, featuring four songs co-written by Bill Payne and the Grateful Dead’s legendary lyricist Robert Hunter, four breakout songs by Fred Tackett, and a superb collaboration between Paul Barrere and the late Stephen Bruton.
A portion of the funds raised for this livestream will go to the Rex Foundation’s newly established Rex Roadie Fund powered by Sweet Relief, helping crew members, tour managers, stage managers, and all production crew who work behind the scenes. Contributions to this fund will help pay for such things as medical expenses, housing, food, and vital living expenses, like utilities, clothing, transportation, program services, and counseling.
Get your ticket now and we’ll see you In The Stream, only on FANS!
Starting Sunday, September 20th, The Yawpers lead singer/guitarist Nate Cook will start an incredible 700 mile journey from his hometown of Denver, CO to Tulsa, OK to raise awareness and funds for musicians that are struggling during this pandemic.
From the man himself-
Better Days Ahead
People bound together
By a single common thread
Reassuring one another
There will be better days ahead
Check out this beautiful song, Better Days Ahead, co-written and produced by Sweet Relief Board Member Rob Feinfield!
Writer: Barry Goldberg
Vocals: Johnny Lee Schell
Video: Molly Finkenthal
Ophthamologist and eye surgeon, Dr. Rob Feinfield, M.D., founded Music4Sight in 2008, combining his professional skills with his passion for music. Learn more HERE.
Collect this DWP custom built guitar signed by Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes!
Brittany Howard is an American musician, singer, and songwriter known for being the lead vocalist, guitarist, and main songwriter of rock band Alabama Shakes. She released her debut solo album Jaime in 2019.
About DWP Guitars: "15 years as a professionally touring guitar tech, has provided me with an intimate knowledge in what makes up a quality instrument, and what it takes to keep that instrument playing its best, as well as the opportunity to build relationships with the musicians that play them." -Darrell Plampin, Owner.
Proceeds will benefit Sweet Relief’s COVID-19 Fund.
The Legacy of Suicide
In 2012, the world lost a great rock musician, friend, husband, and father to suicide. Ronnie Montrose led his own, self-named band in the 1970s, but also performed with the likes of Sammy Hagar, Boz Scaggs and the Edgar Winter Group. Many musicians covered his songs including Iron Maiden, who covered I’ve Got the Fire and Space Station 5. Van Halen also played versions of the songs Rock Candy and Make It Last during their early club days.
Leighsa Montrose, Ronnie's wife, recall's the very day he decided to leave this world. In an interview with Lorraine Viade, Supervising Psychologist of the Los Angeles Mental Health Department, she opens up about what Ronnie was like, as well as what he left behind. With September being Suicide Prevention Month, it feels appropriate to share this moving and insightful conversation. You can read the interview, The Legacy of Suicide, below.
Mental Health Resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
REver heard of the ice-bucket challenge?! Well, this one is definitely a bit more fun and will keep you dry! The challenge is to create your own take on the song Good Co’s ‘Quarantine’, whether that be replacing an instrument from the original song/music video, taking a solo, making a remix, writing a new song, or just sharing creative things you’ve been up to during quarantine - we're in this together!
Ready to take the challenge? Get the toolkit HERE.
Thank you Waterslide guitars!
Special THANK YOU to Waterslide Guitars for putting on this amazing auction together that raised $5,000 for musicians and music industry workers in need! With donations like this, we can continue our mission to help those that have given us so much.
We'd also like to thank Austen Hooks, Greer Amps, Chris Vincent, and Paul Frank for their contributions to this auction. Please go check them out!
As a special THANK YOU for all of your support, we're offering #SweetSupporters 20% off your entire order in our online merch shop! Just use offer code LABORDAY2020 September 7-8 for this special offer!
Browse some brand new designs on various items. We would not be able to push our mission forward without YOU!