Flannery to hold benefit concert for Stow
Third-base coach deeply affected by attack on Giants fan
SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Flannery expressed pride in the lineup of musicians he assembled for his upcoming concert."I'm bringing the varsity with me," said Flannery, the Giants' third-base coach who's also an accomplished singer and songwriter. After all, only the best will do for Bryan Stow. Flannery will perform with his band Wednesday at 8 p.m. PT at Yoshi's San Francisco in a benefit concert for Stow, whose physical struggles served as a sobering backdrop for the Giants' season. Stow, a Giants fan, was beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after the March 31 season opener and sustained a serious brain injury. He has recovered slowly but steadily and even wrote his name, as his family reported Wednesday in a blog devoted to updating his condition. Proceeds from the show will benefit Stow, as well as all sales of Flannery's new CD, "The Restless Kind," on the night of the concert. "I know it's going to be a special night because of all the people who want to help," said Flannery, who'll be joined by guest musicians from Los Angeles and San Diego as well as San Francisco. The cast includes Dennis Caplinger, a Grammy Award winner whom Flannery described as "one of the best bluegrass pickers in the world," and vocalist Randi Driscoll, who sings frequently against hate crimes. "And that's exactly what this is. This is a hate crime," Flannery said, referring to the attack on Stow. "I'm bringing a bunch of great energy along with me." The endeavor was seeded when Yoshi's artistic director Jason Olaine approached Flannery late in the regular season about doing the concert.
"They said they want to keep Bryan in the forefront," Flannery said. "They don't want people to forget about it."Emotionally moved by Stow's saga, Flannery readily agreed to partcipate.
"It affected me so deeply," Flannery said. "It affected all of us when it happened, on totally different levels -- from being a parent, from being a son. And realizing this is a hate crime. The only way you beat hate is to love harder."Flannery and his band intend to express that passion on stage. Having started in the leadoff spot 131 times during his Major League career as an infielder (1979-89), Flannery knows exactly how he wants to set the evening's tone. He plans to open the concert with "Climbing," a song about perseverance from his new CD.
"It was influenced by a lot of people in pain," Flannery said.A handful of selections from "The Restless Kind" were influenced by the Giants' 2010 World Series triumph, including "Whatever Comes," "Breaking Things" and "Right Or Wrong," a paean to outfielder Andres Torres. Though Flannery might perform some or all of those songs, the night won't be about reliving past glories. It'll be about helping Stow. "I don't look at this as a CD release party," Flannery said. Tickets for the concert are available at www.yoshis.com/san francisco.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.