Los Angeles punk quartet Go Betty Go are holding a fundraising gig to raise money for Betty Cisneros’ medical expenses following her cancer diagnosis.
Featuring Go Betty Go, The Dollyrots, Johnny Madcap and the Distractions and more, the punk community is coming together to support one of their own. Cisneros made her debut on the Los Angeles music scene in 2000 when she and her bandmates in Go Betty Go were all attending high school in Glendale, CA.
The punk quartet swiftly ascended from local shows to a national reputation via reams of critical acclaim and non-stop gigging, which included two lengthy Warped tours, frequent cross-country tours, and an attention-getting invasion of South by Southwest. The band released their debut album Worst Enemy in 2004, and the members- Nicolette Vilar on vocals, Michelle Rangel on bass, Aixa Vilar on drums and Cisneros on guitar- have been gaining fans ever since.
The all-ages show is taking place at the Paramount in LA on 3rd July, and as well as the acts mentioned above, Two Teens guitarist Adam Bones will be filling in for Cisneros alongside an acoustic set by Linh Le & Jennie Cotterill from Bad Cop/ Bad Cop. Tickets can be purchased here, with 100% of the proceeds going to Betty’s needs and medical expenses:
Cisneros’ band members are resolute that they, and the wider punk community, are prepared to fight and support their friend through this incredibly difficult time:
“This is tough news to have to share with everyone as it feels surreal. Betty has received the gut-wrenching news that she has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. She has no other option but to fight like hell. Betty, along with all of us in the band and everyone else who loves her, sees no other road except the one to recovery. Those of you who know Betty know she’s strong, resilient, and is determined to become cancer-free! If love alone could cure cancer, Betty would be all cured now,”
“Go Betty Go has never meant more than it does now, and we’re all sticking together more than ever to help her fight.”
The Dollyrots are also galvanised to support Cisneros, with an entwined history between the two bands coming up from the same scene:
“To say Betty’s part of our band family would be a huge understatement; we came up in the same scene in LA beginning almost 20 years ago. She’s “Tia Betty” to our kids and also one of the most badass guitarists and songwriters out there. We’re here to support her in any way we can, knowing she’s one of the strongest women we know and will show cancer who’s boss.”
A Go Fund Me has also been set up to help Betty through her fight: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-betty-battle-her-cancer-away
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I’m Molly Tie- I am the UK Editor for Punktuation and a general punk enthusiast! I play drums (badly), write a lot about punk (not as badly) and I’m particularly interested in issues relating to women in the music scene.