Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Jeff Cook (Alabama), Rick Derringer and Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane) will join forces in Bradenton for Del Couch Music Education Foundation fundraiser

Rick Derringer
Jeff Cook
Jeff Cook, Rick Derringer and Marty Balin will be forming an exciting, unlikely supergroup on May 4 at the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium to raise funds for the Palmetto-based Del Couch Music Education Foundation.

Cook — co-founder, vocalist, guitarist and fiddler for Country Music Hall of Fame act Alabama played a benefit for Music Education last June. He's currently taking part in Alabama's highly anticipated reunion tour.

Derringer, who has a home in Manatee County, is a Grammy Award-winning producer, singer, songwriter and guitar hero best known for hits such as "Hang on Sloopy" and "Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo." Derringer recently returned from world tour with Ringo Starr and the All Starr Band .

Marty Balin
Marty Balin is best known as the founder and one of the lead singers of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act Jefferson Airplane.

Cook and Derringer with be sitting in with Balin's band, Couch said during a recent visit to Herald headquarters.

The Billy Rice Band will also perform plus Music Education student standouts such as 10-tear-old Jack Castro.

Kojak's Palmetto Ribhouse is catering the event.

Details: 6-11 p.m. May 4, Bradenton Municipal Auditorium, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd.
Bradenton. Tickets: $50.00 at the door includes buffet dinner. Information: 941-545-4379 or