The local music scene was deeply saddened by the news that one of Burlington's preeminent turntablists, DJ A-Dog, was diagnosed with leukemia in mid-December. A-Dog, (a.k.a. Andy Williams), 37, is currently undergoing chemotherapy at the Fletcher Allen Health Center in Burlington. Fortunately, he was diagnosed in the early stages of the disease. Still, he'll be hospitalized for about a month, followed by outpatient treatment. And like most working musicians, he doesn't have health insurance.
To help foot what promises to be a hefty bill, the Burlington music community will come together tonight, Thursday, January 3, at Club Metronome in Burlington for "Friends For A-Dog," the first of what is likely to be several benefit shows in support of Williams. The showcase features a slew of local talent including DJs Craig Mitchell, Disco Phantom and Big Dog, EDM collective Bonjour Hi and punk rockers, Rough Francis, among many others.
If you can't make the show tonight, but still want to lend a hand, A-Dog is accepting donations here. Additionally, rumors are beginning to circulate regarding future benefit shows at various venues around town, and we'll have more details on those as they become available.