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September 24, 2008

For Nick

nick pippenEvery once in a while you meet someone who has a heart of gold.

Waaaay back in my freshman year of college, I became good buddies with a guy named Nick Pippen. He listened to the Grateful Dead and loved all kinds of acoustic music.

At first, he surprised me. Nick was always upbeat and genuine. If he wasn't already smiling, he was about to. You don't see that often.

Nick also has some of the worst luck of all my friends. I won't go into all of it, but I will say this: His birthday is Sept. 11. And a few months ago, he was diagnosed with a rather nasty case of leukemia. He got a bone marrow transplant, but we're still not sure if it's going to take. 

As you can imagine, it costs a ton of money to treat cancer. So a couple bands and (hopefully) a bunch of people are going to gather at Frazier's on the Avenue (919 W. 36th St.) this Saturday.

Smooth Kentucky's going to play, and people are gonna raise some money for Nick. I hope it's a lot of money. They're asking for a $10 donation at the door. It starts at 9 p.m.

I'll be there. And if any Midnight Sunners show up, your first drink is on me.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:04 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Kate's sister is one of my better friends in life, even if I end up not making it, which I probably will anyway, I'll be giving her a chunk o change.


Are you guest bartending Sam? I am sure that a nice bartending job at Idle Hour for a night could raise a few bucks for your friend. You can learn how to make all of Twain's drinks!

Let's get you and Queen behind the same bar for a night and raise some cash.

You're a good man SS. I had a similar sitch. Don't we all? May sound corny (and bad englishes), but make your blog do good. make your blog do good.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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