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Girl Scout Hand Grenade Hosts the “Cancer is Bad Tour” at the Machine Shop to benefit Bass Player Andrew Hargrove.
When Girl Scout Hand Grenade Bass Player Andrew Hargrove was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in August of this year, the local music community was devastated and there was an immediate response to help. Upon learning that this form of cancer is often very treatable but without insurance, extremely expensive, the band reorganized to perform as a four piece set out to raise money for their band mates mounting medical costs.
Offers from other bands to help poured in as the news of Andrew’s condition spread. Punk band Dick Hickey was the first to throw a benefit show for the bassist in Port Huron and over a dozen other bands offered their support. Because of Andrew’s involvement in the music community and Girl Scout Hand Grenade’s notoriety for other charity events (the band hosts the annual Food For Music event during the holidays to raise money for the Eastern Michigan Food Bank and plays numerous benefit shows throughout the year) throwing a series of benefit shows to raise money for Andrew and awareness of this disease just made sense.
The “tour” will kick off at the Machine Shop (3539 S. Dort Hwy. Flint, MI 48507) Saturday, November 28th with an 18 and over show featuring: Girl Scout Hand Grenade, A Sleepless Malice, Blood of the Unborn, Fernando’s Xcursion, Dick Hickey, and C.I. Doors are at 7 with a $5 cover for 21+ $8 18-20. Local business and bands have donated items for a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle drawing will run most of the night.
An all ages benefit will follow at the Second Generation Ballroom (4437 Richfield Road Flint, MI 48506) on Friday, December 11th, with bands: I Once Was…, Given Six, The 2nd System, Pearl Snap Western Brown and more to be announced.
Further Shows are in the works for the Detroit and Lansing area.
The Flint, Michigan based industrial metal band Girl Scout Hand Grenade will be embarking upon an east coast/mid-west tour starting September 30, 2008, which will reach from Illinois to Virginia to Maine. They will be joined by Michigan natives Hi8us from October 4th to October 11th.
Here are the latest tour dates:
9.30.08 Swing State - Lake Villa, Illinois
10.01.08 FUBAR – St. Louis, Missouri
10.03.08 Huntington Music Connection – Huntington, Indiana
10.04.08 Buddas Place – Newport News, Virgina
10.05.08 City Tap - Smyrna, Delaware
10.08.08 The Brickhouse – Dover, New Hampshire
10.09.08 PBCH - Milford, Connecticut
10.10.08 TBA - Maine
10.11.08 B & G Lounge – South Windsor Connecticut
10.12.08 TBA – New York
10.24.08 PJ’s Pool Hall / The Hot Spot Genva OH
10.25.08 The Machine Shop – Flint MI
Tonya Traweek of Flint, Michigan metal band Girl Scout Hand Grenade has written in with the following disturbing account of the recent experience at Rock The Docs show in Port Sanilac, Michigan:
Saturday’s Rock the Docks sure didn’t rock for the seven bands hired to play the Port Sanilac event. Only two bands were able to perform at the July 19th celebration before police were called. The band, Girl Scout Hand Grenade (Flint), had just finished up their 30 minute set when rumors began to fly that the show had been “shut down.” No formal announcement was made over the PA by anyone associated with the event or police, however, Police Chief Rod Jaskowski found it necessary to tackle, assault, and arrest an innocent drummer who unintentionally began to warm up for what he thought was the next performance. Tazers drawn, police announced that if everyone “in a band” did not leave the premises in ten minutes they would be arrested. No reason was given for the shut down of the event though, some suspect a select few of the beer tent patrons, were unhappy with the type of music being played (Heavy Metal). Bass player Andrew Hargrove, was arrested for asking officer Jaskowski, “What are the charges?” as Jaskowski placed the drummer in handcuffs. Andrew was later charged with disorderly conduct for asking.
Of the bands that were hired to entertain at the celebration, a few were compensated, but five were robbed of the opportunity to perform. The events coordinators attempted to quell the chaos and prevent the musicians from being arrested to no avail. After being invited into town with the intentions of drawing a younger crowd to the festivities, all seven bands, some having traveled over two hours to get there, were ran out by police because of the music and art they choose to share with the world, heavy metal.
Prior to police invasion, there were no known disturbances, or altercations, as everyone in front of the pavilion appeared to be calmly, and soberly enjoying the show. Dissatisfaction was expressed very vocally however, from the beer tent located right next to the pavilion stage. Heckles and jeers were heard from the fenced in area where many patrons appeared quite intoxicated prior to the shows demise. No illegal activity, violence of any kind, rude or disrespectful behavior took place prior to the police disruption.
Anybody that was at the show on Saturday in Port Sanilac is asked to come forward and share what you saw, and also how you feel about what happened. Leave a comment on the band's MySpace page or send them a message.
Discussion is, of course, welcome here, but if you were at the event, you should contact the band directly in case they are not looking at this article and its comments.