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Hustlin’ for Jimmy


Far too often than any of us would like, Des Moines’ local music family is forced to look inward and help one of its own. However, to our city’s continual credit, every time the call is sounded, people step up and answer.

The Jimmy Scribner Benefit is at Lefty’s on Nov. 21, starting at 5 p.m. Donations are also being taken at

The Jimmy Scribner Benefit is at Lefty’s on Nov. 21, starting at 5 p.m. Donations are also being taken at

If you have been to a live show in the past several years, you have likely been in the company of Jimmy Scribner, even if you did not know it. For years, Scribner has been the head cook at House of Bricks/Streetcar 209 and served as Bricks’ original sound operator. When he is not working, you can most usually find him at a live show, giving his support to the music he lives and breathes more than most of us.

Now, Scribner is undergoing treatment for cancer, something that has ripped far too many people out of everyone’s lives already. The treatment has left him unable to work and bills that are beginning to mount. To help remedy some of that, and to show support and love for someone who has given so much to them in the past, Lefty’s Live Music has put together a benefit show featuring some of Scribner’s favorite acts.

“Jimmy is the most selfless person I know,” Lefty’s co-owner Erik Brown said. “You can see his passion for live local music during every show that he attends, standing in the front row, smiling from ear to ear with the biggest grin on his face, fist in the air, nodding his head to whomever may be on stage.”

Taking place on Saturday, Nov. 21, the all-day event will feature Madam Jules, Stutterin’ Jimmy & The Goosebumps, the Reeferseed Express, Marcato, Calous, Goathill and As For You. All the money raised will help get the long-time cook and local music fan back on his feet and back in the community he loves.

“He was the first real friend I found here in Des Moines and has always been a loyal brother,” Brown said. “He has traveled many places with the Maw doing our sound when he could get out of the kitchen. It is people like him behind the scenes that make our community amazing. He has never asked for help, but has always been quick to give his last dollar to anyone. We are really honored to be in a position to give him something, even if it is selfish to want him back healthy and kicking around at weekly shows.” CV


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