DBR BEnefit Follow-Up
Day By the River, Athens' long-time
resident jazz jam band, can now say they
ended their decade together on a high note.
All reports say that the benefit show held in their
honor featuring Widespread Panic with Vic
Chestnutt, Barbara Cue and Bloodkin was one of the
most outstanding shows in recent memory (seems
logical with that lineup, doesn't it?).
Gail Patty, who's son Lee was killed in DBR's tour
van crash last August, says the event at Athens'
Georgia Theater went off like a dream, "The show
was unbelievable. I am still getting e-mail, letters,
and calls from folks who attended telling me how
wonderful that night was. The best part of the night,
to me, was simply the generous and cohesive spirit of all involved. It came together
Our ace photographer Bryan Gay was on hand to get some
pictures from the event and he said it was one of the best
shows he's seen in recent memory. The show started with
some of the members of Day By the River playing "Georgia
On My Mind," which couldn't have left a dry eye in the
house. After some tunes from Day By the River Todd
Nance, drummer of Widespread Panic, set up with his side
band called Barbara Cue. After that set Bloodkin took the
stage; Bloodkin has written some of Widespread Panic's
popular songs, such as "Can't Get High" and "Henry Parsons".
The highlight of the evening was the
appearance of Brute, an all-star group that
consisted of all of Widespread Panic
augmented with Athens singer-songwriter
Vic Chesnutt and John Keane.
Fans of Widespread and Blueground
Undergrass will be happy to hear that
another musician who has been the victim of
tragedy, David Blackmon, was backstage.
Blackmon has lent his extraordinary fiddle stylings to Widespread in the
past, was a member of Blueground Undergrass
awhile, and played fiddle on the Emma Gibbs
Band's new CD prior to an accident that broke his
neck. It is said that he's currently playing mandolin
and should be fiddling again soon.
Tickets for the show were $15 and the Georgia
Theatre, with a capacity of 600, was reportedly sold
out. "My understanding is that they raisedabout $13,000. I received another $300 or so from people who
could not attend and which I forwarded to Ted Lahey (vocals
for DBR) last week," says Patty. "I know Lee pulled extra
'guardian angel' duty to help make that show the fabulous
success that it was. He loved each and every member of Day
By the River as if they were his brothers, and would have
wanted the concert to be perfect. And indeed it was."