Say what you will about thieves, but there is truly honor among musicians, especially when a band member experiences personal tragedy. Earlier this month, the family of Rachael Jensen--the keyboardist for Portland's experimental pop band Parenthetical Girls--were involved in a car accident traveling home from their family reunion in Idaho. Her father and two brothers are recovering, but her mother, Kris Jensen, died at the scene.
Parenthetical Girls--originally formed in Everett--are slated to play Bumbershoot on Sunday, and there's been no announcement that they will miss their performance. In the meantime, bands from around the Pacific Northwest are supporting Rachael Jensen as much as possible and rallying to her family's aid. A memorial fund has been set up to help pay the family's mounting medical bills and to honor Kris, who is described by Parenthetical Girls' Zac Pennington as "without hesitation one of the most impossibly kind, thoughtful, beautiful, faithful, and self-less people I have ever had the privilege to know."
Four bands played a benefit in Portland last night; on Saturday, Jensen's brother band The Very Most will perform in the family's hometown of Nampa, Idaho. Even Built to Spill is playing a Jensen Family Benefit Sept. 17 at Neurolux in Boise.
While Seattle hasn't planned any benefits yet, the least we can do is support Parenthetical Girls at Bumbershoot. The bands plays at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in the EMP Sky Church. You can also help by participating in the fund's memorial auction; tons of Northwest bands have donated music packages (KRS and K Records rare pressings and album collections, for example) that are now up for bidding.