One year ago, 16-year-old dynamo Casey McBane's father passed away from complications related to pancreatic cancer. At 53 years old, James McBane died young, but he won't be forgotten. His son organized a tribute show and charity event planned for this Friday, titled Stand for Your Glands. The oddly titled party features seven stellar local and regional acts, and all proceeds will be donated to the Lustgarten Pancreatic Foundation. This nonprofit organization is the nation's largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research. The most lethal cancer, it's known as the silent killer. After a diagnosis, only 6 percent of these cancer patients survive longer than five years.
McBane tells us he's proud that all the money from his event is going directly to research. "This has been a difficult year for my family. I wouldn't want anyone to have to go through what we went through."
Months after his father's passing, McBane found solace in going to all-ages shows, particularly ones held at Anonymous Guitars. It is at this custom guitar shop and music venue where McBane became a regular. He started booking shows and met all the seven bands on this evening's bill. And it's where he planned this fundraiser. "I gathered the most talented bands I could find to perform. I'm so lucky they all agreed to participate," he said.
One of the first bands McBane saw at Anonymous Guitars was Palm Bay's Gillian Carter. It made such an impression on him with its blustering, experimental, posthardcore sound that he tapped the group months later to perform at Stand for Your Glands. Gilliam Carter will be making the schlep all the way from the Space Coast for the gig.
Kill the Poets is a "raw" spoken-word act that's also included in the show. In the vein of other poetic musical projects such as Listener and Button Poetry, McBane describes Kill the Poets and its principal founding member, Christian Welch, as purely impassioned artists.
Rounding out the evening's scheduled performers is 11:59, a "topnotch emo-type outfit," according to McBane. Frost Flowers is a trio specializing in chiming, guitar-laden indie rock, à la Modest Mouse, which McBane describes as "one of [my] favorite local bands of all time." You can also expect the "hardcore explosiveness" of the Thieving Hand and Fero Lux, whose intense Dillinger Escape Plan-style live show McBane calls "hands down one of [my] favorite performers."
And finally there's Coral Springs four-piece Indian Giver, who McBane likens to the prog math rock brilliance of groups like Fall of Troy. Both the band's vocalist, Erick Cruz, and lead guitarist, Kevin Hatton, have lost family members to cancer, so this show takes on particular importance for them. "My father passed away in October after battling cancer for four years," Hatton said. "The second Casey asked if we would play, I said yes." He tells us that playing this show means the world to his crew. "In my eyes, showing support for causes like this helps move us one step closer to beating this disease."
Stand for Your Glands with Indian Giver, Fero Lux, Gillian Carter, the Thieving Hand, Frost Flowers, 11:59, and Kill the Poets with Christian Welch, 6 p.m., Friday, January 30, at Anonymous Guitars, 10778 NW 53rd St., Sunrise. All-ages show. Tickets cost $10, with additional donations accepted. Visit Facebook.