Capacity Crowd at Sherry Pruitt Benefit Concert
Los Angeles-The historic William Grant Still Arts Center was the location for the Southern California Community of Blues Musicians presents Healing Blues Benefit Concert for Blues Singer Sherry Pruitt, Saturday, November 1, 2008. This event was held on an overcast day that featured intermittent sprinkles throughout the day. Sherry Pruitt aka- Sistah Sherry is a much loved powerful singer in the local and international blues community. Her powerful vocals have been heard on TV and film including Heaven’s Fall and Fox TV’s Standoff. You could feel the love for Sistah Sherry as evidence by the overflow crowd in attendance.
The Sherry Pruitt Band with Deacon Jones, Rick Taub, Tokyo Mississippi, Kunio Kaneki, Lamont Hyde with special guest Ray Bailey, Lady GG and Linda Miles got the show under way.
The group opened with an instrumental tune by Deacon Jones a former band member of the late great John Lee Hooker. Garrett Morris surprises the crowd by belting out a version of “Hootchie Cootchie Man.” Guitarist Ray Bailey followed with “Sweet Little Angel,” and “Further on Down The Road.” Vocalist Lady GG continued with “Everyday I Have The Blues,” and “Stormy Monday”- a fitting tune for the day. Another vocalist Linda Miles is a newcomer on the blues scene, who will be making a name for herself in the near future to everyone’s delight.
The Dennis Jones Band exploded on the set with an original tune “Brand New Day,” and closed out his set with “The Thrill Is Gone.”
It has been a very long time since I’ve seen The Delgado Brothers. I was reminded of how good this tight knit band of three brothers is with their special guest on Hammond B-3 organ. The crowd and I were captivated as the group performed before their set was cut short by light sprinkles.
The Chambers Brothers- Willie and George and Friends played a set of uplifting gospel tunes that found the crowd clapping their hands, stomping their feet, on this overcast day which served to remind people that this was also a very joyous occasion.
The afternoon of music continued with additional crowd pleasing sets performed by Jeff Stone and Mid-South Band and Friends, Marlo Henderson & Maxayne Lewis with All-Star Band: Ron Battle and Leon Abner.
Health care providers such as Stroke Association, the Los Angeles Caregivers Resource Center and Global Cardio Care were also on hand to provide information about living healthy and preventative stroke measures.
The William Grant Still Arts Center is named after the prolific, highly acclaimed and widely respected composer, the late Dr. William Grant Still. The center is an extension of the joy of living in our inner city.