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A night of big love benefitting the ailing Candye Kane set for Belly Up Monday

SOLANA BEACH -- Big love from around the world will be filling the popular Belly Up music venue here next Monday, all for a local blues legend who is suffering from some serious health problems.

Jazz and blues singer-songwriter Candye Kane found out in January that she has pancreatic cancer. It is her second bout with the painful and difficult disease.

The jarring news came on the heels of another successful run of her stage bio-musical, "Toughest Girl Alive" at La Mesa's Moxie theater.

Despite her diagnosis, and with the additional discomfort of an acute case of pancreatitis, the singer decided to complete a previously scheduled European tour from January through March. She kept fans abreast of her travels and health while on that tour, and sometimes admitted to having so much pain she had to sit through her shows.

Originally she was to have her surgery at the end of April, but that has been pushed forward to the first week of May; however, she is currently back in the hospital while they try to get her pancreatitis under control.

San Diego Gay & Lesbian News recently spoke to famed U-T writer Michael Kinsman, who is helping to coordinate this huge benefit and get the word out about its cause.

Kinsman, a 25-year journalist, is a dyed-in-the-wool lover of the blues. He is President of the Blues Lovers United of San Diego and has even produced the San Diego Blues Festival in downtown.

He is both a fan and a friend of Candye Kane.

"Candye doesn't get the recognition she deserves in her home town," Kinsman said. "People here are used to seeing her at small venues and street fairs, but around the world, she plays large festivals and is very well known.

The local blues legend will take a financial hit not only because she has no insurance, but because she will not be able to perform for what is expected to be months while she recuperates after her cancer surgery.

"Candye is having a very difficult and serious time," Kinsman said. "Money is an issue and she is a very giving person. We're trying to find a way to make it easier for her at this difficult time."

Since news of her illness hit, Candye's friends far and wide have banded together in different ways to help raise funds, the first such event being at Croce's in March, organized by Candye's longtime friend and former bandmate, Sue Palmer.

Kinsman jumped in to help plan the next event once renown blues singer Janiva Magness got the ball rolling.

"We wanted to do something in a big way; get the best blues artists we could get that were available, and friends of Candye and come together. What we got will be one of the best blues shows you will see in San Diego.

Kinsman says the line-up has blues lovers across the nation drooling.

  • Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones
  • Tommy Castro
  • Janiva Magness
  • Earl Thomas
  • The Beat Farmers
  • Anson Funderburgh
  • Kim Wilson
  • Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
  • Debbie Davies
  • Jack Tempchin
  • and the Candye Kane Band
  • The event is this Monday, April 30, beginning at 7:30 pm at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. General Admission is only $30 and are available through the Belly Up. There are a limited number of VIP tickets available through ConcertforCandye.com. VIP tickets will not only get you a good seat, but will include a gift pack with a poster of the event and some Candye Kane swag.

    The venue holds 600 people and they want to fill it up. If you can't attend, organizers as that you donate through the ConcertforCandye.com website.

    Candye shares her painful journey with her fans

    Candye is big on social media. She uses Facebook and Twitter to her advantage, and lately that has been to share her travels and her good and bad days. Her fans and friends have been keeping close watch, jumping in when and where they can lend support.

    Here are two such Facebook posts from Candye:

    Having a rough, feeling sorry for myself day. Im surrounded by beautiful people who love me but im so hungry and havent eaten in 8 days. the IV food bag just doesnt cut it. But then I open another two fan letters, sending me $$ and calling me a fierce warrior and a super hero. I received a beautiful forged iron art piece from Roy Nystrom. Everyday, I am humbled by the love of people I dont even know. Ive been crying all day feeling fragile and doubtful. Thank you for your beautiful words of support and strength. Thank you for the love. ♥ I know tomorrow will be a better day.

    update; My surgery is now scheduled for may 6th. I am on a pic/TPN diet for the coming weeks prior. i plan on trying to be at both the benefits for me in burbank at joes on april 29 and at the belly up in solana beach on april 30th. thanks for all your support and scroll down for a video about my treatment. xo

    Here is a video blog Candye began, hoping to share her illness and recovery: