Soul Sisters Productions and Jimmy Mak’s Present:
“A BENEFIT FOR BRUCE CONTE: EAST BAY GREASE MEETS THE PORTLAND SOUL ALL-STARS!”
Friday, March 6th @ Jimmy Mak’s
Bruce Conte, guitarist with Tower Of Power for seven years and seven albums, will be joined by some of Portland's funkiest musicians for this very special Jimmy Mak’s event. Bruce faces ongoing financial difficulties stemming from leukemia and diabetes. Now, for the second time, Bruce's Portland friends and admirers are pitching in to help. Those will include Andy Stokes, LaRhonda Steele, Ty Curtis, Louis "King Louie" Pain, Brian Foxworth, plus special guests!
Bruce Conte's uniquely funky guitar playing on T.O.P. classics, including "What is Hip," "Don't Change Horses in the Middle of the Stream," and "Squib Cakes,” have influenced generations of guitarists. Since leaving T.O.P., Bruce has played & recorded with Rick Braun, El Chicano, and others. Bruce has also led his own bands, including Hot Street, which included Louis Pain. Louis and Soul Vaccination bandleader Dave Mills brought Bruce to Portland to play at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival and Jimmy Mak's in 2011, with the latter gig being captured on a memorable CD, "What is Hip.” A year later, Bruce contacted leukemia. This event, like previous benefits staged for Bruce in Portland ("What is Hip,” 2012) and Oakland, CA ("East Bay Grease,” 2013) is being produced by Muddy Award-winning Soul Sisters Productions, LLC. SSP, owned by Tracy Turner-Pain and Susan Mills, produces various types of events, with a focus on helping musicians facing serious medical issues. There will be two separately-ticketed shows, beginning at 7:30 and 10 pm.
Advanced tickets will be available at www.tickettomato.com; $15 Reserved / $12 General Admission
Jimmy Mak’s is located at 221 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209;
Around the beginning of July 2012, I took some routine blood tests to check my diabetes and doctors discovered that I had abnormal white blood cell counts. I was hospitalized for 3 days in LA and had to undergo 2 bone marrow biopsies, an ultrasound of my liver and spleen and lots of blood tests. It was determined that I had leukemia. They put me on a medicine called Imatinib 400mg. I have been on it since that time and can tolerate the side effects. It has sent my blood levels back to normal for this period of time. The good news is that I can stay alive as long as I continue taking the medicine. The bad news is that although I'm still able to play, my energy isn't always 100%, plus getting tested & treated is complicated and time-consuming. So I'm not working much and have taken a big financial hit. I am starting to get some help from some of my friends to get me through these hard times. I appreciate any help given.
Thanks so much,
You can help Bruce by donating any amount. 100% of the money collected will go to Bruce's fund. Thank you for reading this and please consider helping Bruce Conte.
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