Saturday, August 30, 2008

Trivia Night next week!

I received this message from Sean Buchanan regarding another great chance to help Cy!
We decided to do a special Trivia Night Benefit for Cy this Tuesday (September 2nd) at the Loft, the bar above Riviera [Loft 135 is above the Riviera Resto, 135 S.Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC] starting at 9 or 9:30. We'll be giving out free beers for the winners of each round and a grand prize for the winning team at the end of the night. We're gonna charge 5 bucks at the door and then all bar tips and trivia tips will go to Cy.
Awesome! I'm adding this to the calendar right now!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Big Rawls weekend!

Don't forget....

Friday, August 29: Superchunk, Birds of Avalon and The Rosebuds, Cat's Cradle, $25, 9 PM

Saturday, August 30: Outback Steakhouse buffet lunch, 3500 Mt. Moriah Road, Durham, by New Hope Commons, from noon-1,
For $20, you get chicken AND steak, salad, mashed potatoes and a drink, with ALL PROCEEDS going to the cause. Eat in, or take out. Pay by cash or check (made out to Cy Rawls Benevolence Fund) at the door. There are only 50 spots for this event, so please RSVP through the Evite posted below.

Here's the link to RSVP:

Monday, August 25, 2008

A Note From The Magic Babies

The Magic Babies and Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies would like to thank everybody who came out to the Cy benefit show Saturday night at Slim's. It was a great time for an even greater cause, and we are thrilled to be contributing $1,070 to the benevolence fund. Anytime Cy's name got mentioned from the stage there were overwhelming cheers throughout the club. We all love you Cy, and are thinking of you. The Magic Babies would also like to be the first band to "call out", or "challenge" other bands to keep the benefit shows coming. We are prepared to talk smack if it will help out Cy. See you at the benefits!

Friday, August 22, 2008

The Power of Metal

Wow! If you didn't make it to the 506 last night, you missed an incredible show! Everyone was outstanding! I will be heading to the NCSECU today and dropping off $786 for the Cy Rawls Benevolence Fund! Many thanks to all the bands who played, to Glenn and all the staff at the 506, to Nick who ran great sound, and to all of you who came out.

In other news, Syd's Hair Shop is going to be having a fundraiser on Sunday, 28 September from noon until 4pm. They're calling it Haircuts for Cy. All proceeds and tips will go to the benevolence fund. There will be 7 stylists participating. Keep your eye out around town for flyers and reminders.

Thanks again, and keep coming out! We have more shows/screenings/drinking nights/dance parties/ubercreative events to come!

Oh, and by the way. If the chipin total there to the right of the blog hits $5000 by the time the Hair Stylist benefit happens, I pledge to get it all chopped off. I don't have a whole lot of hair, but I'll part with what I do have if you fork over some more cash. Don't know if that means anything to anyone, but I'm kinda hoping it peters out at 4999.99 until the 29th!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Two more Cy events added

Just added to the calendar:

Saturday, August 23, at Nightlight in Chapel Hill: Clang Quartet, Crowmeat Bob, Inspector 22, Yohimbe, USA Baby, Roxann Spikula, and Secret Boyfriend

Saturday, September 6, in Fairfax, VA: Nutstock Festival--An annual backyard barbecue and rock show supporting Cy this year. Many Triangle bands will be playing. (See the note on the calendar for more info.)

Keep your eyes on the calendar to see what's going on for Cy!

Cy and Tracy at the Cradle 8/17/08

Drink for Cy at OCySCy this Saturday!

what a brilliant idea! think of all the drinking that needs to be done to make for all the not drinking cy has been doing for years!

from tricia:
this saturday, aug 23 at ocsc
all you have to do is drink!
proceeds are going to Cy Rawls
Benevolence Fund

let me know. thanks! tricia

Monday, August 18, 2008

Dovetailing on Hepler's Comments

Robin from Tannis Root/Kung Fu was womanning the merch table last night at the Cradle and told me that she had about $700 in her pocket from t-shirt sales and another couple hundred from previous shirt sales. KICK ASS! Derek Powers told me that Glenn had about 200 folks at the 506 the night before for the WXYCy Dance Party. W00T!

I second Hep's evaluation of the show. Thanks to all the bands for their participation and sheer rock quality. (I think Brian Quast is the ass-kicking Polvo drummer we're looking for here. Brian. Quast. Not a match. The board goes back.--Thanks to Cantwell for that info.)

Cy was there with his folks. Frank and Susan stuck it out until the bitter end! I was impressed. Thank goodness for the ear-plug industry. Cy said his radiation treatments end on Tuesday. He'll get an MRI shortly thereafter to see what's what, and then the doctors and Cy will decide what to do next. He said he'd try to let us know what happens. I asked how he was feeling, and Cy said he's not been feeling sick in a week or so, so the docs might up his chemo meds. He's such a tough-ass that I can hardly stand it.

Thanks again to everyone who helped out and showed up and rocked it and showed support. It was an amazing night!

Thank You!

I don't know about you, but I had a great time last night at the Cradle show! The Magic Babies started it out with an amazing set. Great guitar tones, spot on three-part harmonies, just a powerful 35 minutes of pop music. And a wurlitzer electric piano that just made my heart come out of my chest.

CG&J did what they do best- freak me out with their frenetic pace and raucus rock. Rockus? The only thing more fascinating to me than how Cantwell can play his drums so low to the ground is how Anne Gomez can have one finger on the first fret of her bass and another finger, on the same hand mind you, on the 22nd. Nonetheless, blew me away.

What can I say about Polvo? I've said before that Celebrate the New Dark Age was what we could call my coming of age record. Taught me that you can push the limits of melody and rhythm and still have great songs. Perhaps I had a sheltered upbringing, Idunno. I don't recall hearing any of my favorite songs off that record, but they did play Feather of Forgiveness and some new stuff that I can't wait to hear on an album. Get on that, fellas. And let me add that perhaps the only thing that surpasses Brian Quast's (I originally said Walsby because I'm a little dumb) drum skillz is his humbleness. Had to practically beg the guy to sign the poster. I mean, I know that for me it would take a while for it to sink in that I'm in Polvo, but dude, you're in Polvo, and you're awesome.

Double Negative have the uncanny ability to condense an hour's worth of earth moving rock into a 16 minute set. And if the world's scientists can ever figure out a way to come up with portable desalinization, these guys could effectively counter drought conditions with the sweat they produce. They played an oustanding set. Maybe a little short for my taste. I can't believe I just said that.

Fin Fang Foom. Fin Fang Foom. Fin Fang Foom. Wow. I've been watching them play for some 10 years now at least. Those guys are just plain incredible. My knees got weak by the end. I don't even know how to begin to describe it, but there is a good reason why they're one of my favorite bands and three of my favorite people in the world. Oh, and they have a bass player that also plays keys. At the same time. As far as I'm concerned, they stole the show.

So yeah, many thanks to the bands, many thanks to Dave Bjorkback for his unrivaled MCing, thanks to Frank and the Cat's Cradle staff for making it so damn easy, thanks to Chris Rossi, Patrick Klem and Nick Petersen for setting up the recording equipment and recording the show, and most of all, thanks to all of you who helped us raise somewhere in the vicinity of $5,000 for Cy! I hope to see you Thursday at the Local 506 as Grappling Hook, Tooth, and Colossus will raise the bar another notch. Bring earplugs!

Also, keep an eye out for CyTunes! Once we get these sets mixed down and ready to go, once CyTunes gets the last few details ironed out for the store, we should start seeing some of the performances from last night. I for one can not wait.

Friday, August 15, 2008

News and Observer--Durham

Did you catch this great story about Cy in yesterday's News and Observer? Thanks to David Menconi for his great reporting!

WXYCy Dance Party this Saturday!

From Tim Ross:

WXYC is hosting a benefit party for 'XYC DJ Cy Rawls. All proceeds
will go to the Cy Rawls Benevolence Fund to help cover the cost of
Cy's medical bills.

For more info on Cy, his condition and other Cy Rawls events visit:

tickets are $5

Current and former WXYC djs spin from 9pm-2am

9-10 Glenn Boothe
10-11 Tim Ross
11-12 Jason Perlmutter
12-1 Ethan Clauset
1-2 Darren Hunicutt

We will also be selling limited edition "Cy Rawls Has a Posse" and "I
Love Cy" t-shirts! (All merch proceeds also go to the Cy Rawls
Benevolence Fund)

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Outback, et al.

Hey folks,

I wanted to remind people to keep looking at the events calendar linked on the right to see what events are coming up to help Cy. While the posts have slowed, the bills are still building up. I better see y'all at Polvo! Cy, will you be out there?

Dave and I have been out of town for a while, so I haven't seen Cy in a couple of weeks. He told me via e-mail that he was able to get out to a wedding last weekend, and he's itching to continue to get out some more. Dave and I hope to hit La Casa de Rawls this weekend if he's not busy, so we'll check back this weekend. (I imagine, Cy, that it's a little weird to post for yourself saying how you're feeling, so I'll be happy to report back if'n you'd like.)

Also, in case people aren't reading the comments, Kathy posted info about a yummy fundraiser for Cy. You need to RSVP for the event! Here's what she said:

Let's Go Outback for Cy!
(I also came up with this one: "So Begins Our Wallaby")

ANYWAY, after "getting jiggy" with Birds of Avalon, Rosebuds and Superchunk Friday night, come out to a tasty and nutrient-rich buffet lunch at Outback Steakhouse at 3500 Mt. Moriah Road, Durham, by New Hope Commons, from noon-1, Saturday, Aug. 30. For $20, you get chicken AND steak, salad, mashed potatoes and a drink, with ALL PROCEEDS going to the cause. Eat in, or take out. Pay by cash or check (made out to Cy Rawls Benevolence Fund) at the door. There are only 50 spots for this event, so please RSVP through the Evite posted below.

Here's the link to RSVP:

You gotta eat, and you pretty much also got to keep on helping out Cy and family. Come on out! All props go to Bryan Harris, Outback manager, and his wife Jessica for arranging this lunch fund-raiser.

-Kathy Higgins

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Chip in to help Cy

In addition to all the awesome musical benefits, t-shirts, and music stores now there's another way to help with Cy's medical bills. As Spinal Tap sang: "gimme some muhnay (on the Internets)."

Click "Chip in" to donate, and click "copy" to get the widget for your own blog, MySpace, Facebook page or what have you. People can also give PayPal donations directly to or visit to make your own fundraising widget.

I am now the self-appointed goddess of online fundraising for Cy and I'd love to hear any other suggestions y'all have about how to spread the word and raise as much money as we can.

Paypal - hopefully coming very soon

Hi everyone,
Just letting you know, Cy's dad has kindly sent out the account number and routing number for the Cy Rawls Benevolence Fund. Ruby is working on setting up a PayPal account this weekend so that people far away have an electronic way to donate. So, you should contact her directly you have any ideas about the PayPal electronic account.

Cy's dad also says that:
You can still make a donation to this fund at any State Employees'
Credit Union office within in the State of North Carolina. If you want to go into a State Employees Credit Union and make a donation the Account number is: 08607568795.

Please make checks out to the CY Rawls Benevolence Fund. If you by a Cy tshirt with a check you should also make the check out with the fund name. Cash is probably easiest though.

You may also send checks to the following address:

Cy Rawls Benevolence Fund
State Employees' Credit Union
2401 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
Attention: Mrs. Candace Bulebush

Also, Cy's dad sees no issue with using the name Cy Rawls Benevolence Fund on any print materials (flyers).

If you have any questions I will try to answer them asap.


Ruby will post with information about the Paypal account when it's ready.


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Finally a post from Cy!

Kerry, I think it's time we give the man permission to post to his own blog :)

First of all thanks to Kerry F. Cantwell for putting this blog together! I can't thank enough the amount of visitors I had to my hospital room and house! Ex-girlfriends who I thought despised me visited and even called!? My current girlfriend Tracy has been amazing! I found out I can't drive for 6 months?! It's like I get to be 14 years old again.

I basically have a plethora of Polvo songs in my head all day which is awesome and that hasn't really changed since the early '90's. Thanks also to Tim Ross for the Carolina basketball autographs, but keep in mind I LOVE CAROLINA FOOTBALL! I think this coming season can be a legit one....Well, if you made it this far into the blog you rule. Stay clean and positive. True f'n love as always!

Cy Rawls

Friday, August 1, 2008


For the Cy Events Blog

The Magic Babies w/ Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies

Aug. 23rd, 10 pm



FYI, the Pine State show at 506 on 9/5 will now be a benefit for Cy. It will also include The Public Good, which features members of an even older Chapel Hill act, The Popes.


Dave and I went over to see Cy this afternoon. He looks great, a little logy perhaps, but he looks great. He said he doesn't get up and around much. He has a hospital bed set up in the family room of his folks' house where he grew up. He has pretty much everything he needs at his disposal and looks pretty comfortable.

For the record, he no longer needs weights or rides to his treatments. Those have all been taken care of. His dad said they had about a dozen callers offering to help with transportation, so thanks to all who offered to help. The Rawlses are very grateful for the love and concern they are receiving from everyone.

Cy is, however, hurting for some strawberry Goodberry's ice cream. I told him I'd put the word out. If you plan to bring some by, please post here so he doesn't end up with 50 gallons of strawberry ice cream. For the record, Mr. Rawls did ask us last week not to bring dairy. I'm just saying. I don't want to be responsible for...well, anything...ever. :)

Apparently, Foster's Market brought by dinner for his family the other day. Cy joked that he was surprised they wanted anything to do with him after he "freaked out in their restaurant." Classic. I argued that he should tell them that all of this is a really bad case of food poisoning.

Cy will be receiving his radiation treatments until the middle of August. He seems to be tolerating the chemo and the radiation surprisingly well. He has had seven treatments and he said they get shorter and shorter every time. He said they just run this thing over his head for about fifteen minutes. They've been playing Sade during his last three treatments. Is that good? I have no idea. The chemo makes him a little barfy, but not nearly to the degree he had expected!

Be ready if you go by: there are LOTS of adorable Cy pictures in the house that you NEED to get a load of.