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It's not an exaggeration. On Friday in New London's Hygienic Art Park - for the most bittersweet of reasons - one of the city's biggest-ever musical events will take place.
"A Benefit for Steve Kaika" features Dogbite, Ken Atkins & the Honky Tonk Kind, The Rivergods, the Original Sinners, and guests.
Kaika, the bassist/vocalist for The Reducers, died Tuesday of cancer. In his efforts to fight the disease, Kaika, a self-employed contractor, and his wife Charlene incurred significant medical expenses.
Peter Detmold of The Reducers will emcee, and fellow Reducers Hugh Birdsall and Tom Trombley will take part in the musical portion of the evening. There will be raffles, merchandise and food and drink for purchase.
Oh, and afterward? At least three more New London Kaika benefits take place. At 33, Anne Castellano and the Smoke, Catfish Phillips and Rachel Carson play. The El 'n' Gee Club hosts Dirt Road Radio, the Meadows Brothers and Harper and Owens. And, at the Oasis Pub, ISL, Daphne Lee Martin and the Burnouts From Outer Space perform. All proceeds go the Kaika family.
- RICK KOSTER
A Benefit for Steve Kaika, 6 p.m. Friday, Hygienic Art Park, 79-83 Bank St., New London; Peter Detmold, Dogbite, Ken Atkins and the Honky Tonk Kind, the Rivergods, and the Original Sinners; $10 suggested donation; (860) 442-3453.
After-benefit at 33, 10 p.m. Friday, 33, 33 Golden St., New London; $5; (860) 443-1193.
After-benefit at the El 'n' Gee, 10 p.m. Friday, El 'n' Gee Club, 86 Golden St., New London; $5; (860) 437-3800.
After-benefit at the Oasis Pub, 10 p.m. Friday, Oasis Pub, 16 Bank St., New London; $5; (860) 447-3929.