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A Show of Support: a Benefit & Dance Party for Susan Smith

  • Center for the Arts 314 West Main Street Grass Valley, CA, 95945 United States (map)

Featuring Achilles Wheel, Buck Star, & Elevation
With special guest performances by Haute Trash
Raffle and prizes! 100% of the proceeds to benefit Susan Smith

Sunday, October 23, 5:00 pm
Main Stage Theater
$25 suggested donation


5pm – Doors Open

5:30-6:30 – Jamal Walker and Elevation

6:30 – Haute Trash

7:00-8:15 –  Buck Star

8:15  Haute Trash, Raffle, Kudos

9:00 -10:30  Achilles Wheel

Susan Smith


It’s been two years since I completed traditional breast cancer treatment, just starting to feel myself returning, and I’ve discovered a new lump in my breast.  I spent months gathering information, reading books, meeting with health practitioners both conventional and alternative. At this time, I’ve chosen a path which seems to me the most sensible given my specific situation. Most important, I’ve tapped into my will to live!

I am grateful for the team of professionals I have found and for the unexpected joys I’ve experienced on this journey so far. I am enthusiastic about my protocol and feel optimistic that I will come through this with outstanding health and new tools for living this beautiful life. Members of my healthcare team share this optimism saying I have “big life force energy”.

I’m inviting you all to join me on my journey because “It takes a village…”! I am turning to my community (you)  to assist me in handling the more mundane, but necessary, aspect of treatment; the finances.  At this time, it looks like I will need about $20,000 to cover expenses not covered by insurance.

Your donations will be used to cover travel expenses, consultations, in-home equipment, supplements and treatments. At this time, the weekly cost is $750, but I expect this to increase by early November.

This time around, I feel completely empowered in my healing process. Your contribution offers me the opportunity to spend my energy healing.  I am humbly grateful for your support.  You are my community and I love you!


Donations can also be made on Susan’s Go Fund Me Site

Achilles Wheel is a California based rock and roll band that blurs the lines between genres and fuses an infectious blend of Roots and World Music Rockadelia.


Their sound comes across as both Old School and New School and is riddled with great songwriting. The one thing that rises to the surface as you get to know this band is that supporting the benefit of our human condition is foremost in their work. They play hard as a way to break down walls and celebrate life. The idealism that they embraced as younger men has not diminished in the harsh light of the modern world as we struggle to live freely and have a good time, and in the end, hopefully matter. Achilles Wheel fearlessly sings out to these times.

With the release of their third studio recording, ‘Devil In The Yard’, Achilles Wheel is also waving the flag for Ben Jacobs (Poor Man’s Whiskey, Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Rusty Stringfield), who came to the AW studio in Nevada City to record a couple of songs, but after playing on every track he left as the new Achilles Wheel keys man. He joins Jonny Mojo Flores on lead guitar and vocals, Paul Kamm on guitar and vocals, Shelby Snow on bass and vocals, Mark McCartney on drums and vocals and Gary Campus on drums and percussion.

Buck Star is a country/rock/R&B band born out of Nevada County California in late 2014.  It’s five members, Tom Menig, Eric Menig, Rob Kopp, Jenn Knapp and Lucas Weber are no strangers to the stage as these dynamic players have been starring members of bands such as “The Dead Beats” and “The Cheatin’ Buzzies“.  Buck Star crafts catchy original tunes that are receiving rave reviews from listeners. With pure tones that will carry you from old school to new school, this tight knit group is not to be missed.


Out of the gold country comes Silk….. J Silk aka Jamal Walker, soul vocalist extraodinaire has assembled a talented cast of funky brothers to pull off some of your favorite old school funk tunes. Only dancers needed, come be part of the show!

Soul singing sensation Jamal Walker’s new funk band “Elevation” will get you on your feet and dancing right out of the gates. Band members include Don Farwell – guitar, Jamal Walker – Vocals, Andy Brooding-Bass, Scott Wilson– DrummyX, Frankie Maranzino on the keys.

Haute Trash is a group of artists and designers who have been entertaining audiences for over three decades with their tongue-in-cheek trash fashion shows. From their humble beginnings at the Nevada Theatre, to performing on runways all around the country, Haute Trash inspires to make you think twice about what you throw “away”. They take great pleasure in performing at this benefit for Susan, who has been such an integral part of Haute Trash since its inception.

Raffle Tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50. 100% of the proceeds to benefit Susan Smith!


  • 8 hrs of tractor/excavation work with 2 man crew  – Seghezzi Enterprises
  • Personal Training – Wendy Riley and Marilyn Rohrbacher
  • Mountain Bike ($1,000 value) – Tour of Nevada City
  • 6 One hour guitar lessons – Kelly Fleming
  • Titanium Ring – Titanium Ring Studio
  • Titanium Ring – Classic Titanium
  • Financial Planning – Janet Peak
  • Nutritional Consultation – Maria Unger
  • Art Prints –  Brian Chambers
  • 2 hour private house concert with Tony Unger
  • 2 hour private house concert with George Souza
  • 2 hour private house concert with Nut Boys
  • 2 hour private house concert with Kelly Fleming
  • 2 hour private house concert with Saul Rayo & Alaiana

And much more!!

Earlier Event: October 22
Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown
Later Event: October 29
Halloween Fun Day