March 21st, 2018

 Hey everyone!

I wanted to give an update, and share what's ahead.

The ticket sales from both "Help The Hoople"shows, combined with the sales of beer from "Hop The Hoople", raised a combined total of $69,000.00

Our raffle ticket sales, poster sales, and some extremely generous cash donations raised $14,00.00

The eBay auctions raised a combined total of $33,000.00

Total taken in so far: $116,000.00

None of this would have been possible without the hard work and generosity of a number of people and organizations, and a full list of those thanks you follows.

But first ....we aren't done raising money yet.

A number of people returned from after the holidays, read about the shows and auctions, and offered to donate items. So starting today, we are listing an additional 33 auction items on eBay, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Jeremey Wilson Foundation, and their Emergency Musicians Healthcare Fund.

This collection of item includes signed and rare vinyl from Jenny Lewis, Drive By Truckers, Richmond Fontaine and many others, along with signed posters from The Knitters, The Shins, a signed New York Dolls guitar, signed books from Willy Vlaughtin, signed photos from Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, The Decemberists, Sleater-Kinney , signed sports memorabilia, and much, much more.

All the items for sale can be found on our auction page (insert link)

One thing we don't yet have up for sale yet is the brand new Fender Guitar, (provided by Fender Guitars - thank you!), that was signed by every artist who played on both nights, along with a pick guard signed by all 4 members of R.E.M.. That's nearly 40 artists! This is a one of kind item, and we want to get the most we can from this showpiece. When we sort out how we will make this available for sale, I will list the information here.

Now, the "Thanks and Praises":


  • This ball got rolling thanks to Gary Count Kellam at the Star reaching out to see if I would ask some of my music making friends if they would want to play a show there.
  • Fernando Viciconte was the other person Count reached out to, and we both started making some calls.
  • Frank Faillace at the Star Theater offered the place at no charge, and Anna Jensen, Matthew McLean and Mike Quinn at Monqui and the Wonder Ballroom did the same. Bigs thanks and props to the staff at both venues, everyone worked very hard at two beyond sold out shows.
  • Jon Langford designed the poster and artwork for both nights. They are stunning, and we thank him.
  • Jenn Bryant of Knuckle Sammitch created this website, additional artwork, and numerous press releases, for free, no matter how many changes, additions and deletions I requested. Love you lady!
  • Lisa Morrison, The Beer Goddess of Belmont Station hooked me up with my brewery partners for "Hop The Hoople" - Gigantic Brewing, Ecliptic Brewing and Level Beer.
  • Liz XXX of Portland Juice Company provided us with both $600 in gift cards for the raffles, but over $1,000 in juices for the artists both nights.
  • Terry Currier and Music Millennium created a beautiful window mural, made some awesome donations, and helped get some other donations from friends.
  • Fred "Noize" Seegmuller set up and executed a large number of donations and autograph sessions with bands for the eBay auctions, and donated a number of the items auctioned as well.
  • Casey Bay fed all the VIPs and artists both nights, and as always, it was excellent.
  • Gary Houston of Voodoo Catbox posters created two beautiful posters, some signed copies of each night I still have available for sale.
  • All the bands and artists that made this such an amazing two nights: Count Gary Kellam, Fernando Viciconte, Jerry Joseph, M. Ward, Mike Coykendall, James Mercer, Patterson Hood, Justin Townes Earle, Alejandro Escovedo, Kurt Bloch, Peter Buck, Corin Tucker, Janet Weiss, Bill Berry, Mike Mills, Chris Funk, The Dharma Bums, Casey O'Neil and the Norway Rats, and The Decemberists. 
  • Everyone who donated items for the eBay auctions: Bertis Downs, Billy Maupin, Chris Metzler, David Thompson, Decor Records, Drive By Truckers, Fernando Viciconte, Fluff & Gravy Records, Fred Seegmuller, Gary Houston, Greg Vandy, Isabelle Franklin, J.D. McPherson, Jason Quigley, Jason Thrasher, Javier Escovedo, Jenny Lewis, John Doe, Jonathan Lerner, Lilly Hiatt, Linda Pitman, Los Lobos, Mack White, Mike Gomoll, Mike Westbrook, Mitch Easter, New West Records, Nicole Atkins, Nikki Lane, Pearl Jam, Peter Buck, Peter Hosapple, The Replacements, R.E.M, Richmond Fontaine, Robert Metzler, Secret Sisters, Steve Berlin, Steve Wynn, Terry Currier and Music Millennium, Terry Hummel, Texas Gentlemen, The DB's, The Dream Syndicate,  The Sadies, Todd Snider, Willy Vlautin, and others that I may be forgetting.
  • The team at R.E.M - Bertis Downs, Kevin O'Neil, Tom Scott - all put in a great deal of effort and time to make this a success.Y'all are some of my favorite Southern Gentlemen.
  • Jeremy Wilson, of the foundation of the same name. Great people doing important work, and they were great to work with in all things.
  • Peter Buck - He would most likely prefer I just say "Thanks", but that really doesn't begin to cover it. These shows and the auctions did as well as they did in large part thanks to Peter. His custom made, R.E.M signed guitar raised $33,000 in one auction alone, and he lined up people like Bill Berry and Mike Mills to join us. Peter is Scott's best friend, and in true best friend fashion, he went above and beyond in every conceivable way to make this as much of a success as anyone or thing. The world is  abetter place for having people such as Peter in it.



Click Here to go to the Online Auction

On November 16th, much beloved Portland musician Scott McCaughey suffered a major stroke while on tour with Alejandro Escovedo.

Luckily, he received excellent care in San Francisco, and recently returned to Portland to begin the long path of rest and rehabilitation. 

Scott has played in, sang with, and produced such bands as R.E.M., Wilco, Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5, The Baseball Project, Tired Pony, Alejandro Escovedo, Filthy Friends and many more.

To help raise money for Scott’s recovery, Oregon's Cannabis Concierge has partnered with the Star Theater and Wonder Ballroom to put together a two night concert event and ongoing Ebay auctions of one of a kind items.

100% of the money raised from the two concerts will go to Scott to help out with medical and rehabilitation expenses.

“Help The Hoople” is two nights of incredible music, featuring a stellar lineup of musicians and friends of Scott’s.

On both nights, you can support our efforts just by buying a beer!

"Hop The Hoople" are three special beers you can purchase, with all proceeds supporting Scott and the Jeremy Wilson Foundation.

On Friday at the Star, you can enjoy beer from Ecliptic Brewing with their Starburst IPA, which they describe as:

A starburst galaxy produces an exceptionally high amount of stars, similar to how Ecliptic Starburst IPA produces a soaring amount of hop flavor.  Brewed with Amarillo, Azacca, Centennial, Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe hops for fresh flavors of citrus, fruit and pine.  100% Pale malt makes for a super clean finish and puts the focus on the hop flavors and aromas.  Dry hopped to the end of the universe!

On Saturday at the Wonder Ballroom, you can enjoy two offerings:

Gigantic Brewing will have Gigantic IPA, which they describe thusly:

True to its name. Cascade, Centennial, Crystal and Simcoe create a citrusy hop confluence that continuously embiggens with each drink. The embodiment of our brewing philosophy to “Never Give An Inch”. “Free your mind and your ass will follow”    -George Clinton

Level Beer will have Pixelated Pale Ale, which they describe as:

A Single Hop Pale Ale, with a medium malt body with a punchy Mosiac hop aroma and pleasant bitterness.  Tropical fruit nose, mild caramel malt body, with a fruity hop finish.

On Friday, Jan. 5th at the Star Theater, join us with the following (in alphabetical order) :

  • Alejandro Escovedo
  • Corin Tucker, Mike Mills, Peter Buck, Janet Weiss
  • Count Kellam
  • Fernando
  • James Mercer (The Shins)
  • Jerry Joseph
  • Justin Townes Earle
  • M. Ward
  • Mike Coykendall
  • Patterson Hood (Drive By Truckers), Chris Funk (The Decemberists)

On Saturday, Jan. 6th, at the Wonder Ballroom, join us for our guests: 

  • Casey Neill
  • Dharma Bums
  • James Mercer (The Shins) 
  • Corin Tucker, Peter Buck, Kurt Bloch, Mike Mills and Janet Weiss
  • The Decemberists

There are two ticket options: General Admission @ $50.00, and a limited number of VIP tickets at $100.00, which includes early admission, and a meet and greet with the artists playing. 

There is also an Online Auction featuring signed guitars, LPs, CDs, Posters, Books, concert tickets, backstage meet and greets, and many, many other items. We are adding rare and collectable items daily, so check back often! 

Winning bids will go to the JWF Musicians’ Emergency Healthcare Fund which is a program designed to assist individual musicians, or their dependents, when faced with a medical crisis. This fund was designed to benefit artists like Scott McCaughey.  The Jeremy Wilson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Generally for U.S. citizens, 100% of the donations go toward JWF programs, such as the JWF Musicians Emergency Healthcare Fund,  are deductible for federal income tax purposes. Auction items, which are generally deemed to have value equal to the winning bid price, do not qualify as donations.

You can bid here:

Finally, a GoFundMe campaign for medical expenses has been set up by Scott’s wife Mary, and you can donate here:

If you have questions or would to donate an item to the Auction, please contact Event/Auction producer Josh Taylor at: 

Thanks to our beer partners:



Scott McCaughey

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