Band: Ben Walls Memorial Jam
Date: Sunday, June 25, with doors at noon
Venue: The Garage, 9 S. Washington Ave., 251-433-2223
Tickets: $10 at the door
Ben Walls was a man who appreciated life. This familiar face on the downtown scene filled his days with his wife, Noretta, his boat and his friends. After losing his battle to colon cancer, Walls’ wife, his family, his close friends and numerous local bands decided to memorialize his life in the name of philanthropy through the Ben Walls Memorial Jam. Proceeds from this annual event traditionally are dedicated to an individual struggling with a life-threatening medical condition. This year’s jam is dedicated to Leigh Ankerson Bailey, a 39-year-old wife and mother battling stage 4 internal melanoma.
The musical entertainment for this charitable event is a versatile mix of local notables representing a variety of styles.
The Harrison McInnis Trio will bring its quality brand of smooth grooves. McInnis’ bandmate from Slide Bayou, Ryan Balthrop, is also featured on the bill. With this in mind, the crowd can probably expect some collaborative jams between the two.
Last Call Rodeo and Red Clay Strays will add a little country charm to the mix. Day of the Iguana alum Roy Truxillo will be joining Brian Adam’s Family Band for a set. Mother Mojo will rock out with crowd favorites and original songs such as “Into the Abyss.”
Stereo Dogs will complete this year’s jam. These young rockers will use their musical prowess to prove why they remain a beloved group on the local scene.