L.A. Date Of Ameoba Spring Tour

Stage and screen actress Teri Garr and actor/activist Ed Begley Jr. will co-host the Los Angeles tour stop of the Amoeba Music Spring Tour featuring singer/songwriters Kate Walsh, Brandi Shearer and Quincy Coleman. The L.A. show, a benefit for the Southern California Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, takes place Friday, May 16 at the world famous Roxy on West Hollywood's Sunset Strip. Amoeba Music, known for its street-smart presentation of music in its San Francisco and Los Angeles stores through CDs, videos, vinyl and live performances (including a visit by Paul McCartney last year), decided to take some good music on the road across America this spring and tapped Walsh, Shearer and Coleman to participate.

Quincy Coleman, who has toured the past two years to promote her indie Come Closer album, has been seen twice on "Last Call With Carson Daly, " with a third appearance scheduled. She was heard in last year's Fox Searchlight film Waitress with "Give It Away" from her Also Known As Mary album, and her song "Afraid" was on the soundtrack of the Academy Award-winning film Crash. Kate Walsh, the British singer/songwriter with a hot current album titled Tim's House, recently appeared on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien, " "CBS Early Show" and other national programs. Brandi Shearer, who Variety described as having "more than a touch of Janis Joplin heft . . . ready to cut loose and start smashing furniture, " is promoting her album Close To Dark on the Amoeba Music label.

The National MS Society, which will benefit from the Roxy show's proceeds, is dedicated to creating a world free of Multiple Sclerosis. The Southern California Chapter is part of a 50-state network that advances the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's mission. The National MS Society funds more MS research, provides more services to people with MS, offers more professional education and furthers more advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. The Society invests $45 million annually to fuel the efforts of hundreds of researchers throughout the U.S. and abroad. That investment is paying off in significant advances toward finding improved treatments as well as better diagnoses, rehabilitation and symptom therapy.

The Southern California Chapter provides outstanding, comprehensive programs and support services designed to help people with MS and their families better address the challenges of living with this unpredictable disease.

Coleman, the organizer of the benefit, said, "Any opportunity I get to raise awareness around an issue that I know affects all of us on some level I try to seize. A dear friend of mine is battling MS and I've wanted to put together a benefit in her honor for a long time. I'm honored and SO excited that Teri Garr, Ed Begley Jr., Amoeba and the other artists have come on board to make it a very special night."

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