DEARBORN — Two award-winning local blues bands will perform at a benefit concert for WHFR-FM 89.3 – the non-commercial, student-run radio station at Henry Ford Community College – from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at New Place Lounge.
The Boa Constrictors – a musical group influenced by classic harmonica bands that personify pure Detroit blues – will be the host band for the event. Its members include Carl Caballero, lead vocals and harmonica; Glen James, guitar and vocals; Steve “Groovedaddy” Allen, bass and vocals; Pete “Night Train” Berg, drums; Kirk “Captain Kirk” Barkel, keys and vocals.
Sweet Willie Tea – a “one-man band” and stage-name of Bill Toll, a Flint native who has opened for the iconic band Styx – will open the show.
“Once again, Michigan-area blues musicians have generously donated their time to support WHFR with an evening of live blues music,” said Susan McGraw, WHFR general manager and HFCC telecommunications professor. “All of our benefit performers have amazing musical backgrounds and have shared the stage with well-known and legendary blues artists. This concert offers a great opportunity to see these talented blues acts in one spectacular night of live music.”
New Place Lounge, at 22723 Michigan Ave, is providing the venue at no costto WHFR. All proceeds will benefit WHFR, which boasts the most blues music played on metropolitan Detroit airwaves, McGraw said. Since it is a non-commercial station, WHFR relies on listener support and donations for a large portion of its operation.
The concert is open to the public, ages 21 and older, for a minimum donation of $5 at the door. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
For further information, call McGraw at 313-845-9842 or go to [email protected].