Weekend shift: Crash Safely benefit series wraps up with two nights @ the Midway Cafe in JP

Lenny Lashley photo by Jason Tankerley

Stuck looking for something to do this weekend? Fear not, you don’t have to spend it sitting on your couch with your two cats nursing a bag of corn chips watching reruns of Bar Rescue (that’s a Sunday activity anyway). Tonight and tomorrow close out the two-weekend Crash Safely event, which raises money for the National MS Society by showcasing some of the best acts in the region.

After stints last weekend at Oberon and Davis Square Theatre, both upcoming nights are at the Midway Café in Jamaica Plain, with tonight headlined by Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One. Appearing on the under card are the Phil Aiken Army, The Unholy III, Corin Ashley and Titanics. There will be a raffle with featured prizes a Harpoon Brewery gift pack, official Boston Bruins memorabilia, gift certificates to Bertuccis and to Store 54 and artwork by Susan Major.

Saturday’s lineup is just as solid. Sidewalk Driver top the bill, with Gene Dante and The Future Starlets, my own worst enemy, The I Want You and Cotton Candy providing support. Raffles will be plenty with gift certificates to Redbones and Store 54, items from Jodi’s Jewelry and Black Magic Coffee and tickets to the ICA just a few of the featured prizes.

Crash Safely is led by Boston rock writer and videographer Amanda Nichols and Figgs drummer Pete Hayes, both of whom were diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2008, with support from Nick Blakey, Boston musician and booking agent. Proceeds will go to Hayes’ bikeMS team, the Maybe Sump’ms, which will ride in NYC next month.

For more information on tonight’s festivities, check out the event page. And for tomorrow night’s info and band links, go here.

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