Some Los Angeles bands are coming together for one of their own.
Area members Go Betty Go, The Dollyrots, Johnny Madcap and The Distraction, Bad Cop/Bad Cop and Go Betty Go rallies more to help guitarist Betty Cisneros, who was recently diagnosed with stage four cancer and is currently He is in his third place. Chemotherapy round.
The group is hosting an all-ages benefit concert on July 3 at The Paramount in Los Angeles with proceeds going directly to the Cisneros.
Go Betty Go singer Nicolette Willer said during a recent phone interview, “We had band practice the other day and it’s going to be a lineup of all of us friends and it feels so healing.” Go Betty will perform for Cisneros with Go the Two Tens guitarist Adam Bones.
“It seems like a beautiful thing is coming out of a situation where we just need to show love to Betty and show her that we are all here for her and give everyone else a chance to do the same,” she continued. “It’s nice to see and feel that love and support and show her that people really do have her back.”
Go Betty Go is an all-female Latina pop punk band formed in 2000 in Glendale by high school friends Willer and Cisneros with drummer Aixa Willer and bassist Michelle Rangel. The band signed to SideOne Dummy Records, played two Summerlong Warped Tours and continued to headline shows across the country. They have gone through many ups and downs as a band and as friends, but Willer said that a moment like this further proves that their relationship is unique and unbreakable.
“They’re all like my sisters,” she said. “We have this beautiful bond and we’ve gone through so much that I almost feel like it’s a team of superheroes. We’re just regular people in our own right, but when we come together, it’s really something special happens and we get each other in a way that no one else can.”
Vilar reports that Cisneros is in high spirits, although he may not have many visitors due to his weakened immune system. She won’t be able to attend the show, but they are offering a livestreaming option for fans to tune in and donate.
“I think it’s amazing that we’ll be able to get fans out there, but it’s also a way for Betty to see the show,” she said.
Through a GoFundMe page, fans and other bands have raised more than $40,000 for Cisneros. Willer said it was difficult to navigate any type of health insurance or support to offset the cost of multiple doctor’s appointments, scans, tests and treatments after the initial diagnosis. However, Villar said they have finally reached a place where Cisneros will be properly covered and begin receiving financial support for his care.
“It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally going to kick start,” she said. “That’s why it was so important for us to come up with some cash right away because Betty put herself in quite a hole to begin with and there was no mistake, just to deal with it. From here it’s such a financial burden.” should not be. “
“I am very grateful that the crowdfunding has been successful and it is not the dire situation we felt in the beginning,” she continued. “I know Betty is very grateful for that too. With all this love coming from everywhere, it’s a really wonderful extended family, full of all kinds of people and it makes me feel like our Have a chance and Betty will be fine.”
Fight Betty Fight: A Betty Benefit Show
When: July 3 at 3 pm
Where: Paramount, 2708 E. Caesar E. Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles
Ticket: $20 at eventbrite.com