Show to benefit Scripps cancer programs; tickets on sale now
Legendary recording artist The Family Stone — featuring original members of Sly and the Family Stone — will perform at the second annual In Concert for Cancer on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. aboard the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum. Proceeds from the concert will benefit cancer survivorship programs at Scripps Cancer Center.
The Family Stone includes founding members of Sly and the Family Stone Jerry Martini on saxophone, Cynthia Robinson on trumpet and Greg Errico on drums. The three Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and R&B Pioneer Award winners are renowned for blazing new musical territory by fusing soul, funk, rock and R&B genres.
The band will perform from its deep catalog of psychedelic funk hits, which includes “Everyday People,” “I Want to Take You Higher,” “Dance to the Music,” “Family Affair,” “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” “Sing a Simple Song,” “Thank You,” “Stand!” and “Everybody is a Star.”
Formed in 1967 in San Francisco, Sly and the Family Stone was the first major American band to have an interracial, multigender lineup. The integration shines through on the band’s uplifting, unifying and socially conscious music. The group’s innovative musical style has influenced a variety of artists over the years, including Herbie Hancock, Prince and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Today, The Family Stone continues to tour the world and earn critical praise for its live performances.
Sly and the Family Stone made an indelible mark on American music, with 17 singles making the Billboard Hot 100 – four of which reached No. 1 on the charts. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the group No. 43 on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. The magazine also ranked two of the band’s records among the 500 greatest albums of all time – “Stand!” At No. 118 and “There’s a Riot Goin’ On” at No. 99.
Also performing as part of The Family Stone lineup on Sept. 8 will be Alex Davis on lead vocals and keys, Trina Johnson Finn on vocals, Nate Wingfield on lead guitar and Blaise Sison on bass.
Ticket sales begin today for the Sept. 8 In Concert for Cancer performance, at www.scripps.org/inconcertforcancer. General admission tickets are $50. Tickets for premium seating (rows two through six) are available for $75 and front-row seats are $100. Available for an additional $150 is a special preshow “meet and greet” with the band. The USS Midway Museum is located at 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.
In Concert for Cancer is presented by Scripps Health and Cjazz, benefitting Scripps Cancer Center. Concert sponsors include the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, The Walrus 105.7 FM and the California Wine Club.
Since 1994, Cjazz has promoted and presented recording artists of contemporary music. Cjazz was founded by Michele Abrams, an entertainment industry professional residing in Seattle, Wash. An accomplished special events producer, Abrams has created and produced music events for Grand Hyatt Hotels, the National Basketball Association, the YWCA of Kauai, Yamaha Music, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the Kirkland Performance Center and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Passionate about music and philanthropy, Abrams has a special interest in supporting cancer research organizations. She lost both parents to cancer, which was the impetus to using her experience in the music industry to support the fight against the disease. More information about Cjazz can be found at www.cjazz.com.
- Stephen Carpowich