The Blunt Club to Host Benefit for Phoenix Painter Jules Demetrius on April 4
When local artist Adam Dumper learned that fellow painter Jules Demetrius had been diagnosed with colon cancer, he didn't waste much time being bummed out about his longtime friend's misfortune. Instead, he and other mutual friends immediately got busy planning a benefit in Demetrius' honor.
facebook.com/julesdemetrius Local painter Jules Demetrius
"Since the first week we found out what was happening we knew we had to help him out right away, so we started putting something together," Dumper says.
The result is the "Save Jules" benefit Thursday, April 4, at Tempe's Yucca Tap Room during next week's edition of hip-hop night The Blunt Club, which Dumper hopes will raise a several thousand dollars to help cover in excess of $180,000 in medical expenses that Demetrius' has incurred over the past few months.
The 43-year-old painter and graphic designer, who learned he had cancer late last year, recently went through a three-week stay at St. Luke's Hospital in Tempe and underwent several surgeries to remove malignant tumors from his large intestine. He was released yesterday and is scheduled to begin intensive chemotherapy treatments sometime next week.
"I just hope he gets to go home for a little bit and get some normality back into his life, at least for the moment," Dumper says. "Now it's all about getting the heavy-duty chemo and killing whatever [cancer cells] are left in there, and then we'll know where he's at."
Peter Scanlon Jules Demetrius
In the meantime, Dumper and Demetrius' other friends have accrued a wealth of art, prizes, gift certificates, and other primo swag to raffle off at the benefit. Art will be displayed throughout the two-room Yucca Tap, including a number of epic pieces by prominent local artists like Koleszar, Disposable Hero, Angela Schmidt, Mark Matlock, and longtime Demetrius cohort Baron Gordon in the Tempe venue's craft beer bar. L.A. hip-hop selector DJ Wise and locals Djentrification and DJ Organic will perform throughout the evening.
"We've done raffles at Blunt Club before and people have gotten pretty huge chunks of money. It all depends on what I get for donations and how many people buy raffle tickets," Dumper says. "We're hoping to raise a total more in the thousands, like a few thousand [dollars] maybe."
Naturally, Demetrius will also have many of his prints and paintings available for sale at the event. Also up for grabs are a cache of records, CDs, and gear from alternative hip-hop group Jurrasic 5 that's been autographed by the act's resident mixmaster Cut Chemist.
"Jules is an old friend of Cut Chemist and he wanted to help out with the benefit," Dumper says.