Monday, April 12, 2010

Headstone Fundraiser at Callahan's on Sunday, April 18th

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The latest fundraiser will be held on Sunday, April 18th, 6pm, at Callahan's in Auburn Hills. Your hosts will be The Carl Henry Band and The Alligators. There will also be a star-studded cast of invitational jammers to help out as well - all with strong ties to Uncle Jessie and Mr. Bo. Donations will be taken and we will be having raffles for great prizes.

The Detroit Blues Society (DBS) has announced it’s annual headstone placement projects for 2010. This year’s fund raising and placements will be for Uncle Jessie White and Mr. Bo Collins. The DBS has received permissions and blessing from the families of both legends and the process has begun, in earnest, for 2010. As in past years, the effort will be spearheaded by DBS Board Member, Wolfgang Spider. Several fundraisers are being planned as well as the placement of collection buckets at all DBS events in 2010.

The process of properly and respectfully marking the graves of Detroit Blues Legends began in 1997 with the first DBS project of marking the grave of Son House, who spent his final years in Detroit. This activity was completed and subsequent placements have been done for Clarence and Curtis Butler (the Butler Twins) in 2007 and Calvin Frazier in 2009.

The DBS was also involved in the marker placement for Big Maceo Merriweather in 2008, by Steve Salter of Western Michigan.

These projects are vitally important to Blues lovers and historians alike. Proper recognition of deceased Detroit Blues greats is vital to teach history and to keep the music alive through remembrances.


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