Buddy Flett, guitarist, singer and co=founder of Shreveport group the Bluebirds, was diagnosed with viral encephalitis in February and spent several weeks in the hospital, says tweedsblues.net. Flett is recovering at home and receives speech therapy twice a week. The medical event has caused Flett to be unable to work for several months and the benefit concert will help with living expenses and medical costs.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the player who opened doors to Flett's recent career updraft, will headline the show. Blues legend Hubert Sumlin, formerly of Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, will perform. Flett and Sumlin had frequently teamed up on the road after playing with Shepherd on the album and tour for 10 days out: Blues from the Backroads.
Local acts performing include Jerry Beach, the Bluebirds, Jay Davis, Miki Honeycutt, the Noids!, Professor Porkchop, The Rascoes and Maggie Warwick.
A Benefit for Buddy Flett.
7 p.m. April 27.
Strand Theatre, 619 Louisiana Ave., Shreveport, LA
$25 and $35. $100, VIP tickets, including meet and greet with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Hubert Sumlin and other artists.
Strand Theatre box office: (318) 226-8555.