A trio a Crystal Bay Casino favorites will come together this week to help a mainstay of the North Shore music scene.
Dead Winter Carpenters, Jelly Bread and Carolyn Wonderland will perform Wednesday, Jan. 15 at “A Benefit for Blake” in the casino’s Crown Room. The artists are donating their performances and all proceeds from the event, which includes a silent auction, will go to longtime Crystal Bay Casino sound man Blake Beeman.
The show was put together after Beeman was diagnosed with inoperable stomach cancer in August, said casino General Manager Bill Wood. Although Beeman is insured, he has deferred some treatment due to its high cost, Wood said. Beeman was reluctant to tell people about the diagnosis and be the bearer of bad news, but was eventually convinced to allow others to help.
“The whole idea with this is to try and give back because he is such a great human being,” Wood said.
Beeman has been a key to the success of the casino’s musical ambitions since 2004, according to the casino manager.
“Since that first show we have worked as a team with the assistance of Jim Gamble and Roger and Elise Norman on over 1,200 shows,” Wood added in a press release for the event. “Blake has mixed the sound, set up the stage, insured the artists are happy and generally been the CBC liaison at almost every one of those shows. If you ask anyone that has played either the Red Room or Crown Room they will tell you that the sound at our shows, Blake’s shows, is among the best to be found anywhere.”
Beeman is an accomplished guitarist, having toured with Traffic guitarist Dave Mason, and is among the most compassionate people out there, Wood said. He highlighted that compassion with a quote from Jackie Robinson: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”
“More than anything else Mr. Beeman is one fine human being,” Wood said in the release. “He was there for my family when my wife went through some serious medical challenges. He is a compassionate listener whenever anyone has a problem. He somehow makes you feel that everything will work out for the best.”
The benefit includes a silent auction in the casino’s Red Room starting at 7 p.m. The auction includes donations from friends and businesses, as well as a limited-edition print of Jerry Garcia by photographer Jay Blakesberg valued at $550. Anyone wishing to donate items for the silent auction should call Bill Wood at 775-690-3060.
Wood said he hoped to raise $20,000 for Beeman at the event.