Milwaukee area musician and teacher Dennis Dykstra does many things very well..
Unfortunately, seeing clearly is no longer one of them.
Dykstra, who teaches and hosts the Rockband Showcases at the Beulah Brinton Community Center, was recently diagnosed with severe cataracts in both eyes.
The first of the two procedures has been completed.
But the cost of these delicate surgeries is definitely beyond the bank account of most folks who make music for their livelihood.
To that end, bandmate Brian Wurch, Craig Omick of Groove Nation Entertainment, Lorrie Jesmok and Bill White of LJ & Bill, Karen Holm and many others are putting together a couple of fund raisers to help defray the cost.
The first is set for Saturday, March 30, at Dopp's, 1753 South 68th Street in West Allis. The music-filled event kicks off at 5 p.m.
Among the items for the silent auction are a 12-string Washburn guitar from Bill White, vintage matted photos of rock stars including Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie and Steven Tyler given by Bobby Cavallo of VIP Photographers, artworks by Melissa Musante and David Ruel and a belly dance performance provided by Dimitra.
There will be a 50/50 raffle and there is a suggested $10 admission fee.
A total of six bands will be providing music until midnight
Dykstra is a regular performer at the open jams on Friday nights at Dopp's and there is no shortage of musicians who have pledged their talents to help raise some serious green.
Musicians coming together for a good cause is nothing new.
They especially turn out to help one of their own in need.