NMWG 2nd Annual Benefit Show

December 3, 2014 |

NMWG 2nd Annual Benefit Show/Fundraiser for Southern Arizona Lupus Foundation

Amy & Derrick Ross Photo: Jimi Giannatti

Amy & Derrick Ross
Photo: Jimi Giannatti

Sat, Dec 6
Cafe Passe, 415 N. 4th Ave., 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (acoustic songwriters)
Flycatcher, 340 E. 6th Ave., 8:30 p.m.- 1 a.m. (electric bands)
$10/venue or $15 for both


Musicians from all over Arizona, including: Sedona, Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson and Bisbee will once again converge on Fourth Avenue to take part in a benefit honoring and celebrating the love and talents of Amy & Derrick Ross (also known as Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl) to help raise money to help fight lupus. Each performer will be playing their favorite NMWG songs, as well as share their favorite Amy & Derrick moments and stories.

The evening will feature over 30+ bands and musicians who played with, co-wrote, and/or wrote songs for the duo. The all-star lineup includes: Dry River Yacht Club (Tempe), decker. (Sedona), Keli & the Big Dream (Tucson), Lonna Beth Kelley (Phx), Carlos Arzate (Tucson), Sundowners (Tucson), Terry Wolf (Bisbee), Revisor (Phx), Kate Becker (Tucson), Kate Becker and Stuart Oliver (Tucson), Robin Vining (Phx), Laura Kepner Adney (Tucson), Mike Montoya (New Mexico), 8 Minutes To Burn (Tucson), Leila Lopez (Tucson), Brent Miles (Phx), Jillian Bessett (Tucson), Donna Kihl (Bisbee), Sweet Ghosts (Tucson), Bryan Sanders (Tucson), Copper & Congress (Tucson), 8 Minutes To Burn (Tucson), and many more TBA.

Besides music, there is also an online auction featuring items created by some of Arizona’s top artists and craftspersons, as well as vacation packages, autographed CDs, commemorative t-shirts, guitars, and more! The auction, at NMWG.org, runs through Sat, Dec. 13.

On Oct 15, 2013, Amy and Derrick Ross, known to local music fans as Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl, both died. She from the effects of long term lupus, and he from a self-inflicted gunshot. The deaths shocked  and saddened fellow musicians, and fans throughout Arizona. The two performed often in Phoenix (where they began their 15 year musical career, and 13 year marriage), and in Tucson, and in their hometown, of Bisbee. Both were active in Arizona’s music scene. Because of Amy’s demand for her every other day dialysis brought on by her decade long battle with lupus, NMWG could not tour nationally. This however did not prevent them fro traveling within the state to perform up to 3-4 times a week for over a decade. This, and their music helped them gain a huge following with Arizona residents and local musicians. Now we want to all give back.                    

 – Jimi Giannatti (friend, organizer, photographer and the Pop Narkotic poster genius)

Category: Arts, Community, DOWNTOWN / UNIVERSITY / 4TH AVE, Events, MUSIC