They Care a Lot: Former Faith No More frontman Chuck Mosley will headline a benefit for Haiti thrown by Radio 92.3 WKRK at 6 p.m. Saturday, February 6, at Saddle Ridge in Parma (5100 Pearl Rd). Admission is $5. All proceeds go to the Red Cross.
Program director Dominic "Nard" Nardella says he had the idea for the benefit while watching graphic news footage from the rubble. Inner Sanctum local-music showcase hosts Pat "the Producer" Johnson and Matt Wardlaw helped recruit the seven acts who will play: Mosley, Leah Lou, Leo, Random Stereo, 2nd Half, the Suede Brothers and This Is a Shakedown. Visit radio923fm.com/benefit for details or to make a donation.
Deanna R. Adams will host a release party for her new book, Cleveland's Rock and Roll Roots, on Saturday, February 6 at the Agora Ballroom (5000 Euclid Ave.) In the 127-page volume, Adams collects pictures taken in town from the 1950s through 1980s and provides the stories behind the images. One two-page spread presents onstage pictures of the Doors, the Who and David Bowie, who's dressed like a shirtless Fonzie with Ziggy Stardust hair. Locals pictured include the WIXY staff, the Pretenders, Michael Stanley, a young Joe Walsh and Dennis Kucinich with Buffy Sainte-Marie. Photographers Janet Macoska and George Shuba contributed.
Elm Street Blues will play a live set, with the theme "Rockin' Back the Years." Adams will sign copies of the book. Doors at 7 p.m.; music at 8.
Presque Vu singer-programmer Johnny La Rock will appear on WRUW 91.1 FM's Live From Cleveland Thursday, February 4. Tune in or visit wruw.org at 10 p.m. for music and interviews.
Level-C guitarist Cristina Crago is playing some lighter rock with 11After, the all-female band featuring former Sugar singer D. Cruise. The group opens for Zeppelin tribute Zoso on Saturday, February 6, at the Akron Civic Theatre (182 S. Main St.). Doors at 8 p.m., tickets $15. Crago says Level-C is taking a break, but has material ready for a second album.