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Primus schedules another small NYC show for Matthew, playing Wakarusa Fest (initial lineup announced)

Primus at Roseland (more by Kurt Christensen)

Primus recently announced a MHOW show happening on February 8. Tickets went on sale last week and are now sold out. They’ve since added another NYC show happening one day later at Gramercy Theatre (2/9). The show is a benefit for Les Claypool’s nephew Matthew who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and at 2 months old was admitted into the hospital. All proceeds from the show will go toward his medical bills. Tickets for this show go on sale at noon today (11/26).

If you are unable to get tickets to the show before it sells out, but would still like to donate in support of Matthew, you can do so at

Primus were also recently announced on the lineup of the 2012 Wakarusa Festival which goes down in Ozark, Arkansas from Mary 31-June 3. The jam band-heavy fest also will host sets by Girl Talk, Fitz & the Tantrums, Gary Clark Jr., Daedelus, Tinariwen, Blitzen Trapper and more. Full list below.

Our thoughts go out to Matthew and his family. Updated Primus dates, the Wakarusa lineup, and more about Matthew below…


Our precious baby Matthew was born on July 14, 2010 at 2:59pm, Weighing a healthy 8lbs 13oz and 21 inches long to parents Ron Pierce and Aimee Grijalva and brother to Izahia and sister Noa. They were so happy and had the family they always dreamed of.

On September 22, 2010 after a follow up doctor’s appointment their dream became a nightmare, Baby Matthew was airlifted to Stanford and the family was told the worst news anyone could ever imagine. Baby Matthew was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and was now fighting for his life. At only 2 months old he is fighting the odds and doctors are calling him a “miracle”.

Baby Matthew and his family have a long road ahead of them. We ask that you please keep them in your prayers, and if you would like to donate to help with expenses, we would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you for all your prayers and support.

Primus — 2012 Tour Dates
2/8 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
2/9 Gramercy Theater New York, NY
23-Mar-2012 Pordenone, Italy Palasport
24-Mar-2012 Brescia, Italy Pala Eib
26-Mar-2012 Fribourg, Switzerland Fri-Son
27-Mar-2012 Paris, France Zenith
29-Mar-2012 Cologne, Germany Live Music Hall
1-Apr-2012 Eindhoven, Netherlands Klokgebouw
2-Apr-2012 Brussels, Belgium Ancienne Belgique
4-Apr-2012 London, England Royal Albert Hall
5-Apr-2012 London, England Royal Albert Hall
May-25-27-2012 Chillicothe, IL Summer Camp Music Festival
May-31-June-3-2012 Ozark, AR Wakarusa Music Festival

Wakarusa 2012 initial lineup
Pretty Lights
The Avett Brothers
Weir, Robinson, & Greene Acoustic Trio
Umphrey’s McGee
Slightly Stoopid
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Girl Talk
Fitz & the Tantrums
G. Love & Special Sauce
Ghostland Observatory
Big Gigantic
Balkan Beat Box
Beats Antique
The Del McCoury Band
Railroad Earth
Tea Leaf Green
Keller Williams
Perpetual Groove
MarchFourth Marching Band
Green Velvet
The Travelin’ McCourys Featuring Keller Williams
Gary Clark Jr.
Blitzen Trapper
Emmitt-Nershi Band
The Devil Makes Three
Split Lip Rayfield
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
The Travelin’ McCourys
NiT GriT
12th Planet
Paper Diamond
LA Riots
Michal Menert
Krafty Kuts & A.Skillz w/ Dynamite MC
New Monsoon
The Motet
The Werks
Gaelic Storm
Hot Buttered Rum
The Infamous Stringdusters
Assembly of Dust
Tribal Seeds
Toubab Krewe
The Dirty Guv’nahs
The Heavy Pets
That 1 Guy
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers
The Sheepdogs
The Moondoggies
Heartless Bastards
Snarky Puppy
The Secret Sisters
The Lumineers
Mountain Sprout
Adventure Club
Kids These Days
Keys N Krates
Lyrics Born
Lance Herbstrong
Wick-it the Instigator
Nathaniel Rateliff
Break Science
Love and Light
Virtual Boy
The Floozies
Mia Borders
Shannon McNally
Nadis Warriors
Ugly Lion
The Delta Saints
Quiet Corral
Head for the Hills
Dumptruck Butterlips
Hearts of Darkness
Ben Miller Band

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