We openly admit we are not very qualified to write anything about the history of Mr. Charles Adrian Thomas (we say this mostly so we don’t get pummeled by the locals in the know, ha!). However, we do know that Mr. Thomas, better known around midtown Sacramento as Ground Chuck, is very much a local legend, and is to be respected! Chuck has been a part of the music community for years, he has been booking shows, and playing in punk, and metal bands for decades. Yet, we are like most lameos, and know him only from a distance. If you get out to gigs it is highly likely that you’ve seen him at local shows, or have possibly spotted him hanging out at the midtown restaurant Rubicon.
But seriously, if you are not familiar with Ground Chuck, you should feel bad about yourself (like we did), and be inspired to seek out what makes Ground Chuck a local legend. Check out the great article titled ‘The Life and Times of Ground Chuck’ written by Dennis Yudt. Published back in May 2010, for the now defunct Midtown Monthly magazine, it offers some great insight for those of you who are new to Ground Chuck (and is much more elegantly written). But don’t stop there, continue your research lesson and you will discover that aside from being a musician (which includes having performed with Zach Hill of Death Grips), he is also a comedian, does rad chalk art , and in 2010 was named one of Sacramento’s most interesting people by SN&R (The Sac 100: SN&R’s guide to the most interesting people in the region).
To finally get to the point of this long winded blog, news was recently shared on Facebook, that Ground Chuck had broken his hip while doing what he loves best, attending a punk show. You don’t need us to tell you that this a very serious injury (that is what google is for people!), this will lead to major medical bills, and comes with a very long recovery period. In an effort to show their love, and support, and help Chuck get through this difficult injury, the incredibly rad people of Casa De Chaos are coming together to throw a benefit to help him out!
The show will feature bands such as The Secretions, Storytellers, Crude Studs, Strange Party, and more TBA on Saturday, January 9th, 2016. The cover charge is $7, or you can be cool as punk, and donate more! Yes, you can have a great time for $7 all while Chuck is probably laying in bed somewhere in pain, and who is probably just dying to be at this gig himself!
All we want to do is try and spread the word about a great, and meaningful local event within the Sacramento Music community. Go and join the Facebook event page for more details (Click here: Ground Check Benefit event page), and if you can’t make it out, at the very least share this article, or the event page on Facebook, Twitter, or what ever other crazy social media site that you are probably addicted to.
We wish you all the best Ground Chuck, get well soon!
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE LINK:
Listen to ‘Ground Chuck Night’ written and performed by Crude Studs:
Terroreyes.tv: Zach Hill (Death Grips) performing w/ Ground Chuck
Rubicon: Rubicon Brewing 25th Anniversary Interview
SN&R Article: ‘Ground Chuck meets Anaal Nathrakh. Insanity ensues’ http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/pageburner/blogs/post?oid=17084254
CD Baby – MC Ground Chuck: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/MCGroundChuck
Album Notes: “Can You Feel It? is the result of a series of recording sessions done in Sacramento, CA at Soundlab studios with Sacramento’s idol, Ground Chuck. Doctor Echo and Ground Chuck both played together in The Defendants and came together to collaborate for this stream-of-consciousness EP in 2000. This is Ground Chuck at his inspired best: King Diamond meets Lee Perry.”
Published on Dec 30, 2013: Staring Sacramento’s idol MC Ground Chuck. From the EP Can You Feel It? on Anicca Records