Long COVID and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Fundraiser: The Music of Glenn Tucker: Blue LLama
This is a concert of music written by local jazz musician Glenn Tucker, who was forced into retirement at 28 in 2018 by severe myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), a harrowing disease the medical field has long neglected. Two recent studies found that half of Long COVID cases —those experiencing complications following a COVID infection—are actually COVID-onset ME. Another study estimates there are nationally 22 million Long COVID cases and 669,000 in Michigan alone. This concert, which will include a free livestream, aims to raise awareness for Long COVID and ME, and to raise money for the COVID-19 Longhauler Advocacy Project, which seeks, among other things, to provide financial assistance to Longhaulers struggling financially—particularly single parents who have yet to be approved for disability—and to advocate for patient-led research. While Glenn is unable to attend this concert, he has hand-picked musicians with whom he has collaborated extensively--saxophonists Rafael Leafar, Jake Shadik, guitarist Ralph Tope, pianist Rick Roe, bassists Kurt Krahnke and Jeff Pedraz, and drummers Nick Collins, Jesse Kramer, Jonathan Barahal Taylor, and Alex White--and curated a set list of music composed between 2008 and 2016, which includes uplifting music from his albums Determination and Abundances, which he completed in the early years of his illness. $20 cover, all of which will go to the COVID-19 Longhauler Advocacy Project. Further donations encouraged Venmo @C19LAP, subject “Blue LLama.” Livestream at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-26J8X5YMnNZk60WY8mYMw314 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. . $20. . www.bluellamaclub.com , www.longhauler-advocacy.org. .