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History of Pies

The Damaged Pies have gone through a change or two over their 26-year history -- "everything from a six-piece pop band to a four piece hard rock band to a four piece experimental band to a three piece garage rock band to a solo acoustic act," according to their one staple, frontman Steve Bodner.

The band has produced a documentary, "Same Circus/Different Town," directed by Justin Rainier, to capture its history and its 25th anniversary show at Club Cafe (August 2011). The Damaged Pies holds the distinction of having played and recorded at such legendary venues as Sun Studio in Memphis, Trident Studios in London, Liverpool's Cavern and The Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood.

The film features the lineup of Mr. Bodner with original singer/keyboardist Billy Laspin, original drummer Mark Pintea, vocalist Margie Michel Pintea, bassist Jim "Shag" McCabe and guitarist Dave Warren. It also features singer-songwriter Heidi Jacobs who opens the show and joins the band on stage.

The band will hold a release show for the film at Club Cafe, South Side, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, starting with an abridged version of the film, followed by Ms. Jacobs at 7 p.m. and The Damaged Pies at 7:30 p.m. The night is a benefit for WhyHunger.

Jam for Whaley

Violence Won't Silence the Music: A Benefit for Dave Whaley is another in a series of shows set up to help the Dave's Music Mine employee and drummer who was assaulted on the South Side earlier this month.

This show, presented by Sardoynx Productions in association with Walking Duck Entertainment, is at 5 p.m. Sunday at Diesel, South Side, with AE Honick, Restricted Highways, Second Empire, The New Mingle, Between 2 Rivers, Distant Signals, The Grifters, and Mothers Little Helper.

It is all ages, with the $10 suggested donation going to help with Mr. Whaley's medical bills.

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