By Phyllis Pollack
Los Angeles’ musicians will unite for the “Brotherly Love: A Night for Our Brother Phil Alvin” benefit concert, slated for Saturday, January 26 at The Observatory Theatre, in Santa Ana, California.
The show will feature a reunion of the original line-up of the Blasters, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, John Bazz and Bill Bateman.
Also performing will be the band X, The Knitters, James Harman, Frank Fairfield, and the Mike Ellred Trio. Overseeing the evening’s festivities is M.C. Big Sandy. More guest performers will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets for the benefit are $30 and all proceeds will be used to cover Phil Alvin's medical bills from a recent illness.
In addition, a reproduction of the Fender Mustang guitar Dave Alvin played when he was in Blasters will be signed by performers, and will auctioned the evening of the benefit.
A special poster created by acclaimed Portland graphic artist Gary Houston will be up for grabs, with these funds also allocated towards Alvin's medical expenses.
The Blasters were formed in 1979 in Downey, California, by brothers Phil Alvin on vocals and guitar, and guitarist Dave Alvin, with bass guitarist John Bazz and drummer Bill Bateman.
They became fixtures of the early ’80s Los Angeles punk scene, performing alongside X, Black Flag, The Gun Club, The Screamers and many others.
The Blasters' latest CD,"Fun On Saturday Night was released earlier this year.
Founding member Dave Alvin left the band in 1986 to launch a successful solo career.