Update 8/22/12: Info and lineup for Karen Aid benefit at Bender's Tavern next Thursday added below.

Karen Cuda benefits: Hemi Cuda bassist needs surgery to repair degenerative neck condition

Original item 8/13/12: Karen Cuda, one of the most badass bassists this town has ever seen, needs our help. The talented four-string assassin (aka Karen Exley), who has held down the low-end for Nashville Pussy and Hemi Cuda, has several herniated discs in her neck. And while she's taken some time off and been seeking treatment to help alleviate the painful effects of that. She also recently discovered that she has Cervical Myelopathy, a degenerative malady in which her discs are not only pressing on her nerves and causing her discomfort, but, without surgical intervention, it will eventually cause irreversible damage to her spinal cord, perhaps even resulting in paralysis.

Needless to say, Cuda needs surgery right away. Although she's fortunate enough to have health insurance, her deductible is well out of her range. And so, with this in mind, Cuda's friends (from a scene renowned for pitching in to help when the chips are down) are rallying around her and have organized a series of benefits for her.

The first one, Karen Aid, is slated to take place next Thursday, August 30 at Bender's Tavern and features Il Cattivo, the Blackouts, Lola Black, the Trade-Ins and Pitch Invasion. There's going to be a silent auction and more. Dubbed Karen Aid II, the second benefit is booked for Saturday, September 8 at 3 Kings Tavern and features MF Ruckus, Native Daughters, Hot Apostles, Hi Strung and more bands to be announced, with addition to auctions and raffles.

Keep an eye on this space for any updates. In the meantime, Godspeed, Cuda!

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