Saturday, January 22, 2005

Shantytown CD Release Party to Benefit Tsunami Victims

Chet Helms to Emcee Event

San Francisco roots rock band Shantytown will celebrate the release of their recent CD, Trying to Find the Door, with a benefit concert and CD release party. Bay Area legend Chet Helmes will emcee the event, and all proceeds will benefit victims of the recent tsunami. Shantytown merchandise will be available at the show.

When: Thursday, January 20. Doors open at 7:30 PM; opening band at 8:00.   Where: Slim’s, 333 11th Street (11th & Folsom) in San Francisco.   Lineup: Opening Bands: Matt Vrba @ 8:00; Jeff Jolly Band @ 8:45 Shantytown @ 9:45   Tickets: $8 cover charge, with all proceeds from the event to benefit victims of the recent tsunami. Tickets are available at the door or online at or

Shantytown’s frontman, Teague Kernan, has traveled in Thailand and learned to scuba dive while living in a grass shack on Ko Tao, one of Thailand’s islands. “When we saw the devastation, the decision to turn our CD release party into a benefit was easy,” said Kernan. “Those hit the hardest were the poorest - many of them living in actual shantytowns. We don’t have much, but we have our music. And if our music can make even a small difference, then we have a human responsibility to act.”

Proceeds will be divided between two aid organizations, Seva and Doctors Without Borders. Literature and information about these organizations and their relief efforts will be available at the show.

About Shantytown
Shantytown has been hailed as one of San Francisco’s hottest new bands, and was featured on KFOG’s Local Scene CD, a compilation of Northern California’s best up-and-coming bands and artists. The band’s music is roots rock, infused with plenty of blues and some Celtic, funk, and soul sounds. Shantytown’s debut CD, Trying to Find the Door, has been described as “a collection of well told tales expressed through passionate guitar licks, rollicking harmonica, and thoughtful, engaging lyrics.” Shantytown performs regularly in the Bay area and in other cities throughout the U.S.

Shantytown info, links to the other acts, music samples and event schedule are available at

MEDIA PASSES are available by contacting Teague Kernan by email, or by phone at (415) 235-3904.