RGV Sounds: Metal Bands Throw Benefit Show to Pay Friend’s Medical Bills
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RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas (KVEO) – Hard times always seem to bring people together.
When a member of the community suffers from a difficult situation, others come forward to help them and make them overcome whatever they are facing.
For members of the RGV music scene, helping others is second nature.
When Mission resident Michael Cardenas suffered a stroke in June, his wife and children were concerned about how he was going to pay the medical bills on the road to recovery.
The stroke left Cardenas paralyzed on the right side of his body and he was sent to rehab to slowly improve his condition.
When Cardenas was struggling at this low point, a lifelong friend stepped in to raise money to pay for his medical bills.
Andrew Rains has been friends with Cardenas since they were in college about two decades ago.
Rains sang for alternative hard rock / metal band The Profused and knew he had to help his friend somehow.
The singer reached out to his contacts on the music scene and helped organize a benefit concert for his friend in need.
âI reached out to some of the closest bands I know and bands that we hang out with a lot and they were all very motivated for that,â Rains said.
Rains organized the Mike’s Road to Recovery Benefit Show with the aim of raising funds for Cardenas.
The show will take place at McAllen’s Flying Walrus and feature Rains’ band The Profused, Red Hour, Monodyssey, Rogues and Renegades, Sycamore and Against the Grain.
The six groups will play Flying Walrus on Sunday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., with all proceeds going to Cardenas’ medical bills.
This type of camaraderie is quite common in the music scene, as there are many fundraising shows organized to help those in need.
âEveryone knows everyone and we all hang out together,â Rains said. âSo when one of us needs help, we all participate. “
Rains says Cardenas is delighted with the response he has received from those who wish him luck and donate to his expenses.
âHe thought people wouldn’t care and that they had their own lives,â Rains said. “But I told him he has a lot of friends and they’re all going to show some support.”
In addition to the show, Rains said a barbecue plate sale was being organized to cover Cardenas’ medical expenses on July 24 at Harvey’s on Tenth.
To donate to the GoFundMe account for Cardenas, go here.
Rains’ group, The Profused, is available on Spotify, Facebook and Instagram.
The Rio Grande Valley is full of musical talent that deserves to be exhibited. If you know of a musician or band that should be featured on RGV Sounds, send an email to [email protected]