(EVERETT, WA, February 28, 2017)—The Washington Blues Society and Lee Oskar Harmonicas present: For The Love of Jimmy: A Musicians Relief Fund AllStar Benefit Concert. The 2017 honoree, Jim McLaughlin, is an Everett native and local music legend who needs a liver transplant after enduring lymphoma. This event begins at 5 pm on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at the Historic Everett Theater.
The concert’s all-star lineup features Lee Oskar & Friends, and special guests Jimmie Fadden (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Dave Mathis (Terry Robb Band) and Mark DuFrense (Washington Blues Society multi-BB award winner – Room Full of Blues), along with local bands Bobby Holland and the Breadline; Kevin Sutton and Blue Monday.
Jim McLaughlin is an alumnus of Everett High School and a Vietnam vet who resides on Ebey Island, where he hosts the popular annual Ebey Island Freedom Festival featuring his “Harmonica Hell” jam. He is a two-time World Harmonica Champion and the 2014 and 2015 winner of the Washington Blues Society’s Harmonica Player of the Year award. In 2016, Jim was awarded the Washington Blues Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the organization’s Blues Hall of Fame. Jim is well-known and loved as a constant supporter in the community and for his harmonica playing locally, nationally and internationally. He has performed with such notables as:
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, WAR, James Cotton, Vassar Clements, Townes Van Zandt and Charlie Musselwhite and many more esteemed artists around the world.
In addition to the evening’s all-star benefit concert, there will be a live/silent auction with exciting offerings, a VIP meet and greet. and a special opportunity (limited to 20 people) to learn and perform the song, “LowRider” with Lee Oskar on stage that night. (Package price of $150 includes a Lee Oskar Harmonica, a general admission seat at the concert, a practice session with Lee, and performing the song on stage at the event.)
In the words of Tony Frederickson, President-Washington Blues Society & Board of Directors-Blues Foundation (Memphis, TN), “The Musician’s Relief Fund is a 601listed charity arm of the 501c3 Non-Profit Washington Blues Society that helps Washington musicians in times of need due to health or accident. As awareness has increased, the calls for help have increased, so, the Musician’s Relief Fund has become a larger part of our focus. With the help of Lee Oskar Harmonicas we have created this first event, “For the Love of Jimmy” in an effort to help Jim McLaughlin with the expenses for his ongoing health needs and well-being. We intend for this to become an annual event to help us raise funds to support our efforts not only for Jim, but the many other musicians that reach out to us for help. Please come help us with this major fundraising effort to help the artists who create the music we love.”
World-renowned harmonica virtuoso and Everett resident Lee Oskar, who is the presenting sponsor of the event, in collaboration with the Washington Blues Society, comments, “Jim McLaughlin is a one-of-a-kind treasure of a man who has given so much to so many. And now, it’s our time to come together to help him in his time of need. We hope you’ll join us for an extraordinary evening of music in his honor.” Event details:
What: For the Love of Jimmy, Musicians Relief Fund All-Star Benefit for Jim McLaughlin presented by the Washington Blues Society and Lee Oskar Harmonicas, concert and live/silent auction.
When: Sunday, March 19, 2017, 5 PM
Where: Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett, WA
Tickets: General admission: $35 per person (all ages); VIP ticket: $50 per person and Lee Oskar LowRider Special Package: $150 per person.
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About the Washington Blues Society
The Washington Blues Society is a non-profit Seattle based affiliate of The Blues Foundation in Memphis TN. Our mission is to promote, preserve, and advance the culture and tradition of blues music as an art form. We publish a monthly “Blues Letter,” magazine, host monthly events, promote, sponsor and organize volunteers for shows, throughout the region. We have managed the Musicians Relief Fund since 1999. The financial fund relies on donations from the public to help provide financial assistance to all types of musicians who are struggling with their finances while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Visit us at: https://www.wablues.org
About Lee Oskar
Lee Oskar is a world-renowned harmonica virtuoso, composer, producer, visual artist, musical explorer and Lee Oskar Harmonica manufacturer. He shares his signature music with loyal fans around the globe, featuring new arrangements, innovative compositions and well-loved hits. His iconic role as a founding member and lead harmonica player for the pioneer funk/jazz band that composed and recorded such hits as “Low Rider,” “Spill the Wine,” “Cisco Kid,” “The World is a Ghetto” and many more, won him international renown for over three decades (1969-1993). Lee Oskar and his original band mates continue today as the Low Rider Band, and he continues to perform his individual compositions locally with some of the most outstanding musicians selected from the Pacific Northwest as Lee Oskar & Friends. Oskar is dedicated to spreading his love of harmonica play throughout the world and has created an easy to follow system for music lovers of all kinds, levels and styles. Visit: http://www.leeoskar.com and http://www.leeoskarquickguide.com for more information.