Local benefit/tribute shows are often set up to raise funds for a charitable organization. Sometimes, friends will organize a benefit for one person, say, a sick child. And sometimes, a benefit show

Local benefit/tribute shows are often set up to raise funds for a charitable organization. Sometimes, friends will organize a benefit for one person, say, a sick child. And sometimes, a benefit show can even be held for an animal. Combine those last two and you have this week's "Pet Songs" tribute/benefit, taking place Saturday at the Southgate House in Newport.

The show was set up by local friends of Donna Rubin, a former Cincinnati-based musician (she played with The Fairmount Girls and Snake Punching Contest), and her dog, Bunny. Rubin (who currently lives in San Francisco but is planning on returning to Greater Cincinnati this summer) discovered her dog had bone cancer after she fell and broke one of her legs last year. Due to the cancer, Bunny had her front left leg amputated and had to undergo several rounds of chemotherapy. Bunny is so hip, she has a MySpace page; check for more on her adventure. The "Pet Songs" show was organized to help pay off some of Bunny and Rubin's mounting medical costs.

"I am overwhelmed by how many people are coming together to support this effort," Rubin says, "many people who I and Bunny do not even know personally.

It is really about the artist community pulling together and being able to lend their talents for whatever cause."

Bands participating in the benefit were asked to perform one song about a pet or animal, be it a cover or original song. Scheduled to appear Saturday are Mercurochrome, Abiyah, Staggering Statistics, The Delusionals, The Fairmount Girls, The Moon Fails, Matt Shelton, Le TechnoPUSS13S, Wussy, My Wife the Tiger, Culture Queer, The Socials, Lovely Crash, Go to Hell, 7 Speed Vortex, The Seedy Seeds, Lonely the Seabird, Sonic-Farnicle, The Chocolate Horse and Go Sky High with Reverend Mother. Rubin is also slated to play a couple of songs. Barnyard Burlesque will provide further entertainment, and Shawn Obnoxious and David Garza will read animal-related poetry between songs. The show starts at 9 p.m.

More Local Notes
· Call it "Blues Without Balls ... Literally." Luckily, this Sunday's showcase of local female Blues talent has a much better name — "Cincy Ladies Sing the Blues." The event — presented by the Cincy Blues Society in honor of Women's History Month — goes down Sunday at 3 p.m. at The Avenue in Covington. Money raised at the event will go to the Blues Society and Pass-the-Hat, an organization that assists women with breast cancer. The lineup features some of the best ladies from the local Blues scene, including Sweet Alice Hoskins, II Juicy, Theresa Burns, Bekah Williams, Joani Lacy, Cheryl Renee and Mary Ann Kindel. (

· On Saturday, local cover band Saving Stimpy is presenting a benefit show in memory of Bruce Willis, their late drummer who died from apparent hypothermia last month after wandering into the woods near his home. The show takes place at Shimmers in Fort Wright, Ky., starting at 5 p.m. Proceeds go to the Bruce Willis Memorial Account (if you can't make the show but still want to give to the cause, you can do so at any Fifth Third Bank). Crimson Skyy, Rented Mule, Lunchbox, Taken, ESP and members of Saving Stimpy are all scheduled to perform. (

· The Great Depression have some things to be happy about lately. The acoustic-based duo of Jeremy Pinnell (of the late local group, The Light Wires) and Tim Carr have been road-tripping. Acclaimed singer/songwriter Rocky Votolato was so impressed with the duo when he came through The Mad Hatter recently with Lucero, he asked them to go out on tour with him. The band went to South By Southwest last week in an unofficial capacity, playing the streets of Austin, Tex., during the event, and then rejoined Votolato for more dates in the south. The tour comes back to the Mad Hatter this Friday. (

· Local "Holy Hip Hop" hero, K-Drama, presents a career retrospective concert at Forest Park all-ages club, The Underground, this Saturday at 8 p.m. Drama says he will be playing songs from his latest album, the EMI Gospel release, Behind the Glory, as well as many of his old classics and some new material as well. K-Drama is joined by guests D-M.A.U.B., Theory Hazit, Street Pastor and others. (

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