Sunday, November 25, 2012
TODAY: Bradenton musicians at Aces' Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit concert
As Thanksgiving weekend comes to a close, local musicians are giving back.
And we all stand to benefit as they donate their time to help those affected by Superstorm Sandy.
Many of the Bradenton area's top purveyors of rock, soul and blues will be performing at Aces Live, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., from noon until midnight today.
Attendees are asked to donate $5 at the door.
The benefit is the result of Bradenton resident and Aces regular Joy Fitzpatrick wanting to help people living in demolished areas like her hometown of East Rockaway on Long Island.
A few words with Aces owner Renee Bennett was all it took to make today's event happen.
"I'm really good friends with Renee and she told me right away we could use Aces," Fitzpatrick said.
"There are so many little towns that have been forgotten and we'd just appreciate any help to raise money to be distributed through the relief funds."
RJ Howson, a singer/guitarist from Chicago who hosts the Wednesday blues jams at Aces, assembled the impressive entertainment roster.
"The musicians are lining up for this one," he noted last week. "So far (we have) Kettle of Fish, RJ Howson Band, Justin Layman Band, Lauren Mitchell, Kara Nally, Betty Fox, and more."
Former Oakland Raider, NFL Pro Bowler and soul singer Henry Lawrence, who is part of the Dec. 1 Bradenton Blues Festival lineup, has also been confirmed to perform.
—Henry Lawrence sings May 18, 2011, for a lunchtime crowd gathered on the square outside the Historic Manatee County Courthouse. He was performing as part of a Realize Bradenton concert series. HERALD FILE PHOTO
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