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Dave Fleschner needs help due to a head injury.

Dave Fleschner, long time Portland keyboardist needs help. Find out what you can do.

Wayne Harrel here, local music theatre writer and producer. I’m writing to let you know that my friend and collaborator Dave Fleschner suffered a medical crisis on Thanksgiving and needs our help.

Dave is a keyboardist, composer, music director, and fixture in Portland’s music scene. He’s the music director of United By Music (ubmna.org), a fantastic program that helps challenged adults perform live on stage with national performers like Bobby Rush, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, and Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, and at venues including the Waterfront Blues Festival and Memphis Blues Challenge. Dave wrote and produced a beautiful album called The Blues Cabaret, presented in concert by the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, and which he and I turned into a musical called Buried Fire. He was music director for Just This One, a show I wrote based on the songs of Paul deLay, and composer for two other musicals of ours, Gospel Blues and It’s Your Funeral. Dave teaches at Clackamas Community College and online, did another great album with guitarist Alan Hagar, and for seven years was Curtis Salgado’s organist.

But on Thanksgiving morning, Dave suffered a serious head injury and was in a coma for the following week. He’s conscious, now, and improving remarkably, but is still in hospital with a long road ahead. He’s surrounded by family and friends, who’ve created a CaringBridge site and GoFundMe campaign for those also seeking to support him:

  CaringBridge site: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/davefleschner

  GoFundMe site: https://www.gofundme.com/f/band-together-for-david-fleschner 

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Here's the last time Dave did a Coffeeshop Conversation

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