Hunchback: A Benefit for John Freeman and MusiCares is April 24 at 9 p.m. at Dan's Silverleaf.
More than a dozen local musicians will join forces Saturday to create a live score to the 1923 film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. But it's not a shared love of silent films or Lon Chaney, the "Man of a Thousand Faces," that unites the keyboard-and-turntable-toting members of Mission Giant, the noise rockers from Baboon or the many other participants, including Brutal Juice, Pointy Shoe Factory and Texclectic Unsemble. It's the love of the man of a thousand bands, John Freeman, who was the dark messiah of The Dooms U.K., Johnny Murder of the Psychos, Uncle Sloppy in his series of comics and, now, is in treatment for heroin addiction. The show--organized by former bandmates, members of the Good/Bad Art Collective and other friends--benefits Freeman's parents in paying for the treatment. Any extra proceeds will go to MusiCares and the Musician's Assistance Program. The evening also includes an auction of donated merchandise and the sale of a limited-edition CD, Canyon: The Music of John Freeman, featuring rare and unreleased tracks from The Dooms U.K., The Dutch Treats, the Psychos, Meat Helmets and a few others.