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Friends, artists rally around Norman musician Michael Loveland after he is diagnosed with lymphoma

A community of friends and artists is rallying around Norman musician Michael Loveland, after he is diagnosed with lymphoma.
By Becky Carman, For The Oklahoman Published: June 12, 2014
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On May 22, The Deli in Norman, independently of Carson’s efforts, hosted an American Cancer Society benefit show, with some of the proceeds going to the Loveland family. Performers at that show included Camille Harp, Kyle Reid and John Calvin, who also drums for Loveland’s band Poolboy.

Calvin will step up to the plate again Saturday, as Norman’s Opolis hosts “Share the Love,” a benefit show featuring a who’s who of Oklahoma musicians, all of whom wanted to do what they could for Loveland the best way they know how.

Event organizers include Will Muir (of Loveland’s employer Guestroom Records), Patrick Roberts (of Loveland’s band Early Beat) and Sean Barker, of Early Beat and Poolboy.

“Just a few days after the GoFundMe thing came up, I was thinking we ought to put a benefit show on because he loves music,” Barker said. “It seems like the most perfect thing we could do for him. I asked Andy (Nunez, of Opolis), and he said other people had already asked the same thing.”

More than money

Among Saturday’s roster of bands is the technically defunct garage rock act S-----/Awesome — a reunion that requires drummer and Guestroom Records owner Travis Searle to visit Norman from Louisville, Ky., where he moved last year. Also on the bill are rare solo performances by Josh Jones (Evangelicals) and Ryan Lindsey (BRONCHO). Barker will perform with Transformer, a local supergroup performing Lou Reed’s classic record of the same name.

“It was just a question of, ‘Can we do anything for him?’” Barker said.

Although those with the means to provide money contribute via the online fundraiser, Barker is hoping that, in addition to raising some cash, the video and photos of the Opolis show will lift Michael Loveland’s spirits.

“What Michael is going through right now is somewhat a solo mission, but the healing impact of having such a solid base to lift up our family is beyond words,” Ruth Loveland said. “I could only hope that anyone in a similar situation could have the kind of friends and family that have shown us immense kindness and helped to take some of the tailspin out of this situation.

“We have wonderful, talented and smart friends who own businesses, make music, are passionate about art — and to see them use all of their strengths to make the various benefit events happen makes us so happy and so grateful for the bonds in our community.”


IN CONCERT

Michael Loveland

cancer benefit show

With: S-----/Awesome, Depth & Current,

Brothels, Shutdown Shutouts, Transformer,

Pizza Thieves, Ryan Lindsey, Josh Jones, Penny Hill, Jeff Richardson and John Calvin.

When: 5 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Opolis, 113 N Crawford Ave., Norman.

Admission: $10 suggested donation.

Information: www.opolis.org.

We have wonderful, talented and smart friends who own businesses, make music, are passionate about art — and to see them use all of their strengths to make the various benefit events happen makes us so happy and so grateful for the bonds in our community.”

Ruth Loveland,

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