I’m waiting to hear any official word on whether this Tribute was authorized by a Bramlett (Michele B., Delaney’s daughter, says she didn’t), but what the hey– here’s the info, and god help anyone who tries to sing Bonnie’s parts–unless it’s Bekka Bramlett!
The concert is to raise money for Theatre Within, so check their website if you’re not sure you want to spend the money.
Friday, June 8, 2012 Showtime @ 7:30 PM Doors open @ 6:00 PM
431 W 16th St. • New York, NY 10011 • between 9th & 10th Ave • (212) 414-5994
“The Highline Ballroom is a 700-capacity standing, 400-capacity fully seated venue located in the heart of Chelsea.
• VIP Reserved Seating available on floor
• Includes limited edition autographed concert poster
• $35 GA Seating
• $25 Standing Room Only
• Dinner menu available
• General Admission Seating
• First come, first seated
• $10 min/person at tables
For more details and to reserve your table or guestlist call (212) 414-5994.
Tickets may be purchased at the box office, on the website, or through Ticketweb, online at ticketweb.com or 866.468.7619. TicketWeb handles phone and internet sales. You can reach them by phone at 866-468-7619, or through ticketweb.com. Tickets are also available without a service fee directly at the Highline Ballroom box office, located at 431 W 16th St (bn 9th & 10th Ave) on the 2nd floor. The closest subway stop is the 14th St-8th Ave A/C/E/L. Cash and all major credit cards accepted.”
Here’s the info from the publicity mailing:
“Hudson Thames and Hi-Fidelity Music present A Tribute to Delaney & Bonnie and Their Famous Friends. This one-of-a-kind night will feature the music of Delaney & Bonnie, Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Derek & The Dominos, George Harrison, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Freddie King, Little Richard, and more, performed by a NYC all-star band featuring:
Denny Laine (Wings, Moody Blues)
John Leventhal (Rosanne Cash, Shawn Colvin)
Clifford Carter (James Taylor, Paul Simon)
Amy Helm (Ollabelle)
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 Cotton)
Craig Dreyer (Leo Nocentelli)
Jim Keller (Jim Keller Band, Tommy Tutone)
Brian Mitchell (Levon Helm, Rosanne Cash)
Christine Ohlman (SNL)
Fred Walcott (Shemekia Copeland, David Johansen)
Jeff Young (Jackson Browne)
More special guests announced soon!
Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett are best remembered as a dynamic roots rock and rhythm songwriting duo who, 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).
Tonight’s 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.”
I’m curious (and I may actually make the effort to find out):
Have any of the people listed ever played with Delaney & Bonnie or their famous friends? What is the connection (if any) between Theatre Within and the Bramletts?
If I have further info, I’ll post it.