Band: Rick Raines Memorial Jam
Date: Sunday, Aug. 20, 2 p.m.
Venue: The Blues Tavern, 2818 Government Blvd., 251-479-7621
Since the late 1980s, blues favorites Johnny Barbato & the Lucky Doggs have featured a number of great players in their lineup. Not long ago the group hosted a memorial jam for late band member and local music icon Luther “Blue Lou” Wamble. Now they’re playing a memorial to the late Rick Raines, the band’s original keyboardist.
Before he moved to the Azalea City, Raines called Champaign, Illinois, his home. It was there Raines lent his talents to a band that would later become REO Speedwagon. Raines moved to Mobile in 1979 and found himself in the ranks of the late John Brock’s band before becoming a Lucky Dogg. Raines also performed alongside local notables such as Rick Chancy and Lisa Mills.
When he was not behind the keys, Raines ran a painting business, which kept many local musicians afloat when gigs were light. If the Wamble event is any indication, the Raines memorial jam should be a freewheeling day of righteous sounds from a vast collection of local musicians.