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Black Friday band reunion to benefit those battling cancer
Black Friday band reunion to benefit those battling cancer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  A Grand Rapids band is bringing its original lineup to headline a Black Friday benefit concert for a band member battling cancer.

Mike Smith, the bassist for Kamilla, was diagnosed with stage 2 melanoma in April 2012, just months before his wedding.  Smith underwent intensive surgery to remove the tumor and two lymph nodes, but the cancer came back.  In May, he was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma.

As Smith continues his battle with cancer, he is also working to launch The Free & Clear Foundation to provide resources for other people affected by melanoma.  Proceeds from the November 29th concert will support the non-profit organization.

The lineup for the Kamilla reunion performance will include Johnny Logic, Thunder Chicken, The Dead Last, The Storied Life and The Fred Thompson Trio.  Former Kamilla band vocalist Jason Wood, guitarists Chris Hartley and Jim Borchers and drummer Troy Middlecamp will also return for the band’s 10 year anniversary show.

The Black Friday show will take place at The Intersection, located at 133 Grandville Ave. SW in Grand Rapids.  Doors open at 6 p.m.  Tickets are $5 to $8 and available at the door or online at http://sectionlive.com/events/kamilla .  Admission is limited to people age 16 or older.