Following the success of The James Brown Birthday Bash on May 3 in Augusta, Georgia, the hometown of the Godfather of Soul, event organizers Friends With Benefits Productions have partnered with Brightsound Entertainment to bring the show to Charleston for one very special evening. Bassist George Porter Jr., founding member of New Orleans Funk pioneers The Meters, will join thirteen members of The James Brown Band including Fred Wesley of The JBs. Also from New Orleans, 2016 Grammy Award winner Ivan Neville of Dumpstaphunk will lend his expertise on the keys. It’s difficult for any one person to fill James Brown’s shoes as a front man; therefore, this concert will have several. Vocalist Brent Carter of Tower of Power & Average White Band is set to perform alongside Elise Testone of American Idol fame and multi-instrumentalist Chris Rob of Nasty Delicious. Local talents Quiana Parler and Mike Quinn will round out the billing!
An additional $2 for each ticket will go to benefit The James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils (JAMP), a nonprofit organization run by James Brown’s daughter Deanna Brown Thomas, and James Brown Band lead guitarist and music director Keith Jenkins. JAMP works to fulfill the wishes of the Godfather of Soul by furthering music education in Augusta’s youth through the music of James Brown.
Immediately following the show Mike Quinn Superfunk will perform at The Commodore at 504 Meeting St. for the Official Afterparty / James Brown Band Meet & Greet sponsored by YotMe. Expect some amazing sit-ins in an intimate setting. Admission is FREE, and exclusive to lucky winners selected through the YotMe App. Simply follow these steps for your chance to earn admission:
1.) Download Free YotMe App on your smartphone, register and make a profile.
2.) RSVP to the event.
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