When: Sun., July 26, 2:30-7 p.m. 2015
If you’re not privy to San Anto blues griot Spot Barnett, here’s a quick glimpse. Born in 1936, the saxophonist toured the Jim Crow-flouting Chitlin Circuit before settling in on the East Side as the leader of the house band at the Ebony Lounge. It was there that Spot would not only back up Etta James and James Brown, but influenced scores of South Texas musicians, from barbacoa bluesman Randy Garibay to cosmic groover Doug Sahm. A few years back, some louche villain stole Barnett’s horn, silencing one of the great talents in San Antonio music history. Sponsored by the San Antonio Blues Society and the Musician’s Union Local 23, this all-star cast of jazz and blues players hopes to raise the funds to get a shiny new tenor back into Barnett’s magic hands — plus a chance to gig with a septuagenarian legend. With Jimmy Spacek, Ruben V, George Brisoce, Luvine Elias, Bett Butler, Aaron Prado, Mark Little, Catherine Denise, Michelle Garibay, members of The Westside Horns and many more.