A benefit featuring the Adolescents, Manic Hispanic, the Cadillac Tramps, the Grabbers and some special guests is being held Jan. 19 at House of Blues for Mike "Gabby" Gaborno. The longtime Manic Hispanic frontman had open-heart surgery late last year and upon returning from the hospital he suffered a stroke three days later. Gaborno has memory-loss and is unable to use the left side of his body. Friends and family have united to organize this benefit show to help offset the costs of the very expensive medical bills.
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Manic Hispanic came together in the early-1990's as part of a work-release program. The idea came by OC Probation Officer Freddie Gomez. "I thought if I could keep these guys on a stage," he says, "they would stay out of trouble on the streets." The plan had worked. Instead of a life of lockdowns and orange jumpsuits, the Manic Hispanics sold out shows, got to travel, and were cracking jokes the whole time.