CORRECTION: John Sinclair Benefit

Sunday's gala for former MC5 manager John Sinclair in Silverlake, Calif., opened with band Lower Companions.

The first performer at Sunday night's benefit for former MC5 manager John Sinclair in Silverlake, Calif., was Mark Groubert's band Lower Companions. SonicNet Music News misidentified Groubert as singer/songwriter Michael Simmons in a story published Monday. Groubert lightened the mood of the night — which raised $2,300 to help Sinclair and his family recover from a fire in their New Orleans home last month — by listing off products that Sinclair needs, including 17-1/2 yards of rolling paper and back issues of Playboy magazine. He then led a set by the Lower Companions, featuring former MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer on keyboards and Doug Lund on drums. Simmons, a singer/songwriter and journalist, was scheduled to perform at the show but canceled. The benefit ended with Kramer and punk revivalists the Streetwalkin' Cheetahs playing a set of MC5 songs.