Those of you who follow Dallas/Fort Worth area R&B/soul and jazz musicians are well familiar with renowned bassist Rick Rigsby, also known as Funkmeister. Rigsby has toured all over the world and played with almost everybody who is anybody in music. But in October this year, he suffered a stroke that threatened to take him - and his music - away from us. Rick received volumes of Facebook notes, e-mails, cards and most importantly, prayers, and after several weeks in the hospital, he was finally able to return home in November. He has recently resumed playing various gigs, but as you may have guessed, musicians don't get any 'paid time off.' Yet, in his 30+ year career he has given so much of himself - to his audiences, his friends, and most of all, to help young, up-and-coming artists get in...where they fit in.
Enter various 'guardian angels' from the Dallas/Fort Worth music community to save the day. On Sunday, December 20 there will be a day-long concert event to benefit Rick Rigsby in his struggle to catch up with bills, pay for his therapy and medications, etc.
And if you still want more blistering hot music, get there early to catch a performance by Grammy-nominated Breggett Rideau. Once this true Diva has blessed the mic, you really should be good to go, but just in case you still want more, party bands Mars Hill and Deneyed will hook you up, as will the ever funky Buster Brown Band. These world-class musicians will have you dancing, singing, sweating (well, the men will be sweating. Ladies don't sweat, we glisten) and most of all, feeling really good about helping out one of our own.
The Rick Rigsby Benefit Concert will be held on Sunday, December 20th at Memphis Restaurant. The performances will begin promptly at 3:45 in the afternoon, and continue through the night.
The minimum donation requested is $5; feel free to give more if you have a big heart!
Memphis is located at 5000 Beltline Road, Dallas Texas, 752254. For more information, call Memphis at 972.386.9517 or visit their website at www.memphis-dallas.com.