There's been considerably less hell raised on the local music scene since early October, when Sean "Crash" Mitchell fell ill.
The big guy who describes his sound as "Mojo Nixon meets Kris Kristofferson at an Ozzy concert" was hospitalized with hematomas and complications from pneumonia and heart problems.
He's currently in a rehabilitation center and has a long recovery ahead of him. He's also got a big pile of medical bills, so his friends are holding a benefit for him tonight. And since it's for Crash, it's anything but typical.
Mitchell's band, the Crash Mitchell Five, will back Tampa area performers such as Rebekah Pulley, Ronny Elliott and Ed Lowery as they sing their favorite Crash tunes. It's called "Crash-E-Oke," and also includes opening sets by The Skull and Bone Band and Poetry 'n Lotion.
The show starts at 9 p.m. at New World Brewery, 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Tampa. Admission is by donation, and the suggested donation is $5. Call (813) 248-4969 for more information.