August 1st, 2008 5:33 pm | by JAY HORTON Music | Posted In: Columns, News

Shut Up & Give: The Fez Organizes Prids Benefit Tonight

prids sfBy now, most Portlanders—and indie synth-rock fans across the globe—have heard of The Prids' horrific auto accident Sunday, July 20th. Five years to the day after the Exploding Hearts' tragedy, the Prids' tire blew out on the freeway while driving to Los Angeles, their van rolled, and it's some miracle nobody was killed. After life-threatening injuries, medical bills reaching mid five figures (airlift alone costing more than $10,000), the total destruction of their van and gear, and an extended stay in Fresno, The Prids are finally returning home, and every fan of the band—or local music—should do whatever they can to ease the band's physical and financial suffering.

Shut Up & Dance, the popular 80s night helmed by DJ Gregarious, and The Fez Ballroom are hosting a benefit tonight, August 1st. At the time of posting, prizes are still being offered—contact DJ Gregarious—but the raffle already includes:

Over $100 worth of Oni Press graphic novels and comics
One $125 Tiger Lilly Tatt!oo session
$100 Rockstar Facial with Jane Cowan
A Pair of Tickets for The Faint @ The Crystal Ballroom
A Pair of Tickets for Squeeze @ The Wonder Ballroom
$25 SMUT Vintage Gift Certificate
$25 Everyday Music Gift Certificate
Gift Certificate to Dot's Cafe
$25 Gift Certificate for Dirty Little Secret Salon and day spa
VP vaquero PASTEL clothing
2 passes for a Barfly Bus tour

The Grand Prize is the COMMON PEOPLE PACKAGE: "where you dance, and drink, and... screw"
You and your partner dine courtesy of the Fish Grotto Restaurant
Dance: 2 guest passes to the fabulous Fez Ballroom for Shut Up & Dance with DiscJockey Gregarious

Drink: You and your partner are taken out for drinks by Ezra Ace Caraeff, The Portland Mercury Music Editor

Screw: You and your "partner?" are guests of the phenomenal Jupiter Hotel (w/ celebrity cab driver Bobby A. providing transportation to the Hotel)!!!

Raffle tickets are only $5 or 3 for $10 with all raffle funds dedicated toward helping The Prids.

Friday, August 1st Fez Ballroom 316 SW 11th Portland Or 97212

Photo courtesy of the Prids
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