March 20 1988, Cotton Club, Atlanta, GA, USA
City's finest will be rocking Sunday for Atlanta Musicians Health Fund
An interesting mix of local performers will stage two concerts Sunday at the Cotton Club
to bankroll an emergency fund for protracted medical expenses for themselves and
other Atlanta musicians.
The immediate goal is helping a very talented member of the city's music community
with the $1,000-per-day bills for treatment for his young child. The long-range goal is
creating a permanent Atlanta Musicians Health Fund to help financially strapped or
The fund will be administered by local businessman Mark Johnson, veteran Atlanta
musician Bruce Hampton and the management of the Cotton Club, where benefits will
be held on a regular basis. All the proceeds from ticket sales Sunday and a portion of
the club's food and drink revenue will go into the fund. There'll be no administrative
expenses and no paid overseers for the fund, spokesmen say.
Performing sets of 30 to 45 minutes Sunday afternoonwill be Jerome Olds, Tom Grose
and the Varsity, Mose Davis and Bernardine Mitchell, the Tinsley Ellis Band and the
League of Decency. The nighttime lineup includes Hampton and his Arkansas
Travelers, Darryl Rhoades and the Mighty, Mighty Men From Glad, and Kansas, a
reformed version of which has been working on an album in a local studio.
Guitarist Steve Morse, who has been playing with Kansas, may have his trio together
for a set, and organizers will be disappointed if a jam session doesn't develop late
Admission is $10 for the 3 p.m. concert and $15 for the 9 p.m. show, and even the
musicians are expected to pay. (Information: 874-2523.) The Cotton Club is at 1021
The fund also will benefit from a concert by the Georgia Satellites on April 13 at Center
Stage Theatre (1374 West Peachtree St.). The Satellites, who've been in Austin,
Texas, recently finishing work on a new album, also plan to donate some of the
proceeds from their show to organizations helping Atlanta's homeless.
Opening for the Satellites will be the Kickers and Ernie Dale and the Roadrangers.
Tickets, $10, are available at SEATS outlets and the theater box office. Call 873-2500
to charge by phone.
- The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 03-18-1988