Sponsored by Ashcraft & Gerel
Butch Walker: Cancer Can Rock Benefit Concert
Todd Wright, Tommy Gann
740 Water Street SW
Washington, DC, 20024
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
Cancer Can Rock
Cancer Can Rock is a non-profit organization founded by Jim Ebert, a multi-platinum record producer, himself a cancer survivor.
Unlike most cancer-based charities, this foundation doesn’t seek a cure, rather it strives to serve a singular community: Musicians facing aggressive cancer.
Donations to Cancer Can Rock go toward getting these musicians into a studio with professionals and producing a tangible result for them and their families during what is otherwise an unsettling time for them. These songs have provided both pride for those who have survived and solace for those that survived them. Many family members and some of the artists have communicated that the studio time was one of the best experiences in the artist’s life.
Cancer has no perks. Cancer Can Rock, at least for a moment, changes that for those it serves.
Todd Wright started this century as the touring guitarist for then-Atlantic-now-Verve recording artist Lucy Woodward. From 2004-2006 he was the touring keyboardist for Warner Brothers recording artist Pat McGee whom Wright later co-wrote and produced "These Days - The Virginia Sessions" for. In 2008 he signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell music publishing and with his writing partner Scott Simons wrote songs for a real housewife of Orange County, a Dutch Idol (Lisa Lois - Sony), a Eurovision Song Contest winner (Lena - Universal) and Judy Garland's grandniece (Audra Mae - Sideonedummy).
After leaving Warner in 2009 Wright helped develop local DC artist Chelsea Lee and was instrumental in her signing to Atlantic Records. Four of his songs are on Lee's upcoming Atlantic release.
In 2010 Wright signed with Pen music publishing and has since placed songs on TV shows Bones (FOX) and One Tree Hill (CW) as well as an upcoming major motion picture called What's Your Number.
Todd is also endlessly wrapped up in various side projects including a power-pop-electronic band with ex-Atlantic recording artist Toby Lightman called Girl Named Toby. He also has a trio with Better Than Ezra bassist Tom Drummond and America's Next Top Model winner CariDee English called Broken English.
In his 39th year Wright completed a project called 40x40 where he wrote and released a song every week for 40 weeks culminating on his 40th birthday. The project was participated in by many of Todd's musical buds including members of Collective Soul, Better Than Ezra, The New York Dolls and Taylor Swift's band. One of these songs (Lay Down) was re-mixed by internationally loved producers Roger Shah, Ross Lara and Johnny Yono and reached #18 on the Beatport charts. All of the proceeds raised by 40x40 were donated to Juvenile Diabetes research.
Based in Northern Virginia, Tommy Gann is a singer/songwriter and performer who is well-known throughout the Washington D.C.-metro area. His diverse music ranges from soulful rock to rousing contemporary pop, and his songwriting has been noted for its depth, wit, and stimulating melodies. Tommy’s voice is uniquely heavy and gruff, complementing his talents on the piano and guitar, and his live performances are extremely popular across multiple audiences.
Tommy’s childhood was spent moving all over the world as the son of an Air Force officer, and this constant relocating and exposure to different cultures helped shape his style to include aspects from pop, soul, rock, and R&B. Over the last ten years he has performed as a solo artist and also collaborates with several rock and pop groups across the mid-Atlantic region. Tommy recently began working with internationally known songwriter, Todd Wright, on what will become his third catalog of material, slated for release in the first half of 2017.
$25.00 - $40.00
• Full dinner and drink menu available
• The Premier Plus section is a raised area with great views and reserved seats and tables. There is a dedicated server for faster service