Bob Flom: You may know him as Tattoo Bob. He's slung you drinks at the Uptown, Hex, Donnie Dirk's, and Nick & Eddie. What you may not know about Bob is that he employed his spitfire personality to conquer multiple myeloma, a cancer of the white blood cells, a couple of years ago, only for that crap to come back. This, of course, makes those of us who think Bob's the bee's knees real mad. What to do? Bob likely doesn't want your doe-eyed sympathy—he's Tattoo Bob!—but his friends have organized two benefit shows. On Saturday at Memory Lanes, Buildings, Telepathos, and the Blood Shot will dole out varieties of grungy, shoegazey psych-metal rock. On Sunday at the Turf, expect something entirely different: a hootenanny-style lineup featuring G-Biz, Trim Reaper, Sharp Teeth, Brian Herb Band (pictured), the Hostages, Hastings 3000, and more. 21+. $5-$10 suggested donation at each.
Sun., May 16, 9 p.m., 2010