Flannery to host concert benefiting Bryan Stow

Flannery to host concert benefiting Bryan Stow
November 9, 2011, 7:54 pm
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The Giants' support of Bryan Stow and his family continues Wednesday night, when third-base coach Tim Flannery will host a sold-out benefit show at Yoshi's jazz club in San Francisco.

The release of Flannery's group's 10th album, Lunatic Fringe's "The Restless Kind," will coincide with the show, and all the sales from the event will go to the Stow Family.

Flannery, who appeared on Chronicle Live to discuss the event Tuesday, is pleased to keep Stow top of mind after the Giants fan was brutally beaten in last year's first Giants-Dodgers game in Los Angeles.

"It's so easy after a tragedy to be there for him or for anybody those first couple months," Flannery said. "But if you can continually show your support you can fill up the void that was taken away. There are moments he'll never get back with his children and moments he'll never get back from his wife. In our clubhouse he was on our minds."
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Flannery, openly an emotional individual, aims to provide help on multiple levels through his performance at Yoshi's.

"It hurt everybody," Flannery said. "It's also a chance for me to heal a little bit, let others heal a little bit. All the love and energy that has come from this - somebody telling a friend and somebody telling another friend - this sold out before we even started promoting it. The Bryan Stow incident affected all of us and it's our way of supporting but also saying that it was a hate crime and we're going to love harder and it's not going to stop."

Flannery hopes his benefit will add to the overwhelming response to the beating, and help eliminate that violence from the sphere of baseball.

"That's the only way you can beat it, by saying, 'We're not tolerating it.'"

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