New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Highline Ballroom)
A Tribute to Delaney & Bonnie and Their Famous Friends
is Set for June 8th at The HighLine Ballroom in NYC
One-of-a-kind Event, to Benefit Theatre Within, to be Presented by Hudson Thames Partners and Hi-Fidelity Music; Will feature the music of Delaney & Bonnie, Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Derek & The Dominos, George
Harrison, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Little
Richard, and more, performed by a NYC all-star band - See Line-Up, Below!
Honoring the influence of Delaney and Bonnie - and the band that got away...
On June 8th at The HighLine Ballroom in New York City, Hudson Thames Partners and High Fidelity Music
will present A Tribune to Delaney & Bonnie and Their Famous Friends. The one-of-a-kind event will benefit TheatreWithin.org, and will feature the music of Delaney & Bonnie, Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Derek & The Dominos, George
Harrison, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Little
Richard, and more, performed by an all-star band of NYC musicians, including:
Denny Laine (Wings, Moody Blues)
John Leventhal (Rosanne Cash, Shawn Colvin)
Clifford Carter (James Taylor, Paul Simon)
Amy Helm (Ollabelle, Levon Helm)
Jeff Kazee (Southside Johnny, Early Elton)
Lou Marini (SNL)
Shawn Pelton (SNL, Sheryl Crow)
Tabitha Fair (Beyonce, Carole King)
Rich Pagano (Fab Faux, sugarCane cups, Levon Helm)
Elaine Caswell (Cindi Lauper, Mick Jagger)
Zev Katz (Hall & Oates, Roxy Music)
Tawatha Agee (Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan)
Marc Copely (Ryan Shaw, James
Dreyer (Leo Nocentelli)
Jim Keller (Jim Keller Band, Tommy Tutone)
Brian Mitchell (Levon Helm, Rosanne Cash)
Christine Ohlman (SNL)
Fred Walcott (Shemekia Copeland, David
Jeff Young (Jackson Browne)
More special guests announced soon!
June 8th Ticket info here:
Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett are best remembered as a dynamic roots rock and rhythm songwriting duo that, in the end, may have been overshadowed by their own band, which was comprised of an incredible list of iconic and influential artists. The pair's Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
incarnation was particularly influential, drawing in, and in many cases helping shape the direction of, such musical luminaries as Eric Clapton, Bobby
Whitlock, Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, George
Harrison, Leon Russell, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge, and King Curtis. After the early 1970 breakup of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Leon Russell recruited many of its ex-members to join Joe Cocker's band, participating in Cocker's recording sessions for Mad Dogs and Englishmen (1970) and embarking on his North American tour (March - May 1970; Rita Coolidge's version of "Groupie (Superstar)" was recorded with this band while on tour). Following this stint, some of these same musicians, joined by Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, and Dave Mason, also formed the core backing band on George
Harrison's vocal debut album All Things Must Pass (1970). Clapton subsequently recorded his landmark album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970) with the band's bassist Carl Radle, singer and keyboardist Bobby
Whitlock, and drummer Jim Gordon as Derek & The Dominos (with assistance on many tracks from lead slide guitarist Duane Allman).
The June 8th performance is a tribute to the influence of Delaney and Bonnie - and the band that got away. All net proceeds from this show will benefit Theatre Within. Theatre Within is a not-for-profit Performing Arts Presenter dedicated to producing shows, which benefit outstanding charities and important social causes. Through its Annual John Lennon
Tribute, now in its 32nd year, Theatre Within has raised funds to feed the hungry, support education programs for homeless children, and build music schools in the Third World. Proceeds from its new album, The 30th Annual John Lennon
Tribute Live from the Beacon Theatre, will
help support earthquake relief through the Japanese Red Cross. For additional information visit Theatrewithin.org and LennonTribute.org.
How the show came together, via Rich Pagano and Zev Katz:
When New York session great Zev Katz (Roxy Music, Hall & Oates, Rosanne Cash) came to renowned singing drummer Rich Pagano
(The Fab Faux, Rosanne Cash, Levon Helm) suggesting they put something together that could include a bunch of local friends, play a
great body of music and do something good (make it a benefit), the inspiration he had in mind was Joe Cocker
& Leon Russell's Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Pagano realized that many of the musicians and singers in that group had also played with George
Harrison (the Concert for Bangladesh), Eric Clapton
(Derek and the Dominoes), and Billy Preston (on his first two records for Apple) and that most of them had also earlier worked with Delaney and Bonnie, both in the studio and on their famous "Delaney & Bonnie and Friends
Live with Eric Clapton" tour and record.
The two then set out to hone a set list that would showcase all the branches of this legacy.
"I am just so thrilled and honored that you all chose to Honor D&B&F and our contribution to the music of our time. I know that if the music treats you like it did us then you all will SOAR like EAGLES!!! With a Legacy the likes of You All....The Circle will NEVER be broken and We will ALL live forever! Thank You EVER so much."
"I have to admit that I learned about Delaney & Bonnie after hearing Derek And The Dominos and George
Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass.'
I started researching D&B after falling in love with Bonnie's voice plus the loose and reactive sound of their band with others and since I started
as a singing and playing sideman, I gravitated towards what Bobby
Whitlock brought to the picture with his level of personality."
"My formative years as a musician were deeply influenced by Delaney & Bonnie and their friends, colleagues and inspirations. Look at them as a river. When I searched upstream I found this river had been fed by the wellsprings of Little
Richard and Ray Charles, Gospel, Country and the Blues. Downstream, this river led to Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Derek and the Dominoes, and Little
Feat. I wouldn't be the same, as a person or as a musician, if I hadn't spent the time I did on the banks of that mighty river. I am grateful to Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett for being there and showing me the way."
"Delaney and Bonnie were the perfect nexus of Soul, Country, R&B, Blues and Rock And Roll. It's a timeless sensibility that helped set the stage for the explosion of roots and Americana music to follow. You would have to have a hole in your soul not to dig it. Amen." says guitarist and Grammy Award Producer John Leventhal (Shawn Colvin, Rosanne Cash) who will be a member of the band.
"As a blue-eyed soul singer myself, I can think of no better models than Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett. I'm proud to call Miss Bonnie a friend, and proud to have sung with her. She is a constant inspiration in this present day, and she and Delaney's historic legacy and influence were, and continue to be, far-reaching, both in America and the UK." - from Christine Ohlman, 'Saturday Night Live' House Band featured vocalist.
This July 2011 performance link shows Bonnie in her element in Muscle Shoals, where she has so often recorded. At the WC Handy Festival, the Decoys with David
Hood on bass. Bonnie Bramlett and Christine Ohlman on the great Eddie Hinton classic "Cover Me", while Donnie Fritts sat in front: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0WlqNOOEcE&feature=player_embedded