Our beloved colleague WMSE DJ Cosmo Cruz has not only introduced us to metal, punk, funk, doo-wop and soul, he’s introduced us to many a story, all told with his unique and easygoing sense of humor. Needless to say, Cosmo has been more absent from his Blues Drive post on Tuesday afternoons than not, and he’s been missed. His impeccable taste in music, his humorous anecdotes and famous mix tapes passed along to listeners, marked in his neat, block-y handwriting have been absent from the WMSE studios for more than a few months, due to illness.
Longtime friend Eric Beaumont (aka ‘Eric Blowtorch’) has taken Cosmo’s care to mind especially, and has organized an event to help the Milwaukee music icon this weekend, writing:
“This Saturday, July 30, friends of Patrick Cummings, a/k/a Cosmo Cruz, WMSE DJ of several decades, will conduct a two-staged benefit for Patrick’s living expenses. Patrick is terminally ill and has been depending for several months on the grace of family, friends, and a hospice nurse to guide him through every hour of every day. He has far outlived his doctors’ diagnosis, so he finds himself in need of money.
The benefit will commence Saturday night during the Brady Street Festival, between sets by De La Buena and Kings Go Forth on the Nomad World Music Stage, near the Nomad World Pub, 1401 E. Brady St. (@ Warren St.). Marcus Doucette of Radio Milwaukee, 88.9/WYMS, will introduce Kings Go Forth and announce details of the benefit. At the close of Kings Go Forth’s set, Paul Host and Dollar Bill of WMSE will make brief closing announcements. Admission to the Festival is free.
The benefit will continue with an all-star, vinyl-only DJ gig Saturday night, from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Allium (formerly Cafe Brucke), 2101 N. Prospect Ave. (@ Windsor Pl., 287-2053). Spinning PVC in honor of Cosmo Cruz will be:
Marcus Doucette (Radio Milwaukee/88.9/WYMS),
Dollar Bill (WMSE).
Michael Ayers (Ludwig Van Ear Records),
Dave Szolwinski (Earwaves/Ludwig Van Ear Records/Boy Dirt Car),
Marty (WMSE, heir to Cosmo’s Tuesday afternoon Blues Drive show),
Daniel Kubinski (Decapitado, die kreuzen, Boy Dirt Car, Fuckface),
Andy Noble (Kings Go Forth/The Get Down),
with other DJs to be announced later this week.
Admission is free.
At both events, Cosmo’s friends will be offering premiums of Cosmo’s legendary 1965 soul mix CDRs — four volumes in all — in exchange for donations of at least $10. Also available for silent auction will be:
The complete Kings Go Forth vinyl and CD discography, including their highly prized debut 7″ vinyl single “You’re the One” b/w “One Day,”
De La Buena’s La Torgua on vinyl and CD,
a die kreuzen vinyl and CD package,
a Kid Millions vinyl and CD package,
and a Lotus Land vinyl and CD package.”
More information can also be found via an interview with Beaumont at OnMilwaukee.com.