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Hollywood Alley owner Ross Wincek has been an important figure in the local music scene, having booked a who's who of Valley bands at his venue over the past 25 years, ranging from jangle pop superstars like the Gin Blossoms and The Refreshments to such modern day acts as The Love Me Nots.
After his recent stroke has left the 47-year-old with a mountain of medical bills and other debts, a slew of Valley musicians decided to help the man who's helped them countlessly over the years.
Punker Tom Reardon, who originally booked this Saturday a gig for his current group The Father Figures at Hollywood Alley, has organized an all-day benefit called "Ross Rocks." He's brought together close to 20 groups for the event, including numerous Hollywood Alley regulars (Page the Village Idiot, Via Vengeance), old friends of the bar (Blanche Davidian, Grave Danger) and new favorites (French Girls, Unemployment Party). Reardon will also reunite with the members of his old band Hillbilly Devilspeak for the benefit.
"Ross has taken care of all these bands for longer than I can remember, whether he made sure they got food in their stomachs or got paid a lot better than a lot of people deserved," Reardon says. "So we're just returning the favor." -- By Benjamin Leatherman