Details of the series of upcoming benefits for 3 Kings co-owner Jim Norris have been finalized

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One of the most refreshing things about living in Denver: Despite how incredibly shitty, mindlessly selfish and inexplicably cruel folks we can sometimes be to one another in this town (watch the news for about five minutes), when one of us is in need, you can almost always depend on there being at least a few kind-hearted, thoughtful and compassionate folks to pitch in to help.

This notion is demonstrated over and over again, almost on a daily basis. For a recent example, look no further than the plight of Chris "Citrus" Sauthoff, who recently suffered a stroke and needed a hand with his hospital bills. In a few weeks, he raised enough to completely cover his bill.

Or take Jim Norris, for instance: When word first got out that Rev had been hospitalized without medical insurance and was subsequently saddled with a pile of mounting bills, tons of friends stepped in to help. So many, in fact, that there are now five benefits planned for the 3 Kings Tavern co-owner, the first of which is taking place next week at Rockbar.

Organized by Jeri Theil, Karen Cuda and Shannon Boyles, the Rockbar benefit next Thursday, December 15, is slated to feature performances by Eric Halborg (Swayback) and Cole Rudy (Varlet/Kitezh), Elizabeth Rose, the Construct and Luke Schmaltz (King Rat), among others. There's a raffle for a Schecter guitar autographed by Filter, a skateboard autographed by Henry Rollins, and a ton of other items up for auction, with proceeds benefiting Norris.

The other benefits are being organized by John Baxter of ZetaKaye House. The gigs are slated to coincide with the release of the latest volume of the This Ain't No Cowtown comps, Vol 3 Kings. That comp, along with the first two volumes, are available on Bandcamp on a pay-what-you will basis, and proceeds will be donated to Jim.

The shows are scheduled to take place at 3 Kings Tavern throughout the months of January and February and will feature more than two dozen bands (35 different acts reached out to perform). We already told you about one of the bills, featuring TaunTaun, Git Some, Lion Sized and Speedwolf, but we've since gotten word on all of the other lineups and dates.

An art show is planned for each gig in the Phoenix Gallery (in the basement of 3 Kings), with work from local artists on display. Those shows are being curated by Lori Wolfson and Vinnie Fasano. There will also be a variety of DJs playing music. Suggested donation for the gallery is $5 (doors at 6 p.m.) and $5 for the show (doors at 8 p.m.), with all proceeds benefiting Norris.

Thursday, January 12 Glass Hits Ross Etherton (of Red Cloud West) and The Chariots of Judah Allout Helter Hi-Strung

Thursday, January 19th Bad Luck City Boldtype Red Stinger

Thursday, January 26 The Dutch Rudders (aka The Nuns of Brixton, without the Habits) Calder's Revolvers Bonnie and The Beard New Ben Franklins Special performance from: Drum Club

Friday, February 10 TaunTaun Git Some Speedwolf Lion Sized

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