Thursday, March 19, 2009

Benefit Show for Plato T. Jones

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Hey, folks. We messed up and forgot to include info (other than a listing) in this week's issue on a very important benefit show coming up on Sunday:

Here are the details, from Cathy Warner at the Boondocks:

This is to inform you of a very important benefit coming up at the Boondocks for local musician Plato T. Jones, the iconic percussionist extraordinaire of Tucson’s favorite reggae band, Neon Prophet.

Plato is fighting cancer and has been unable to work.

Sunday, March 22 at 6 p.m. at the Boondocks, many local bands and friends are having a musical celebration/benefit for Plato.

We are asking a $10 donation, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds!

His contributions over the years to music in this country and Europe are numerous. In 1967, Plato started playing with Baby Huey and the Babysitters in Chicago. They played on the Merv Griffin Show and at the Apollo Theatre with their classic R&B and soul sound. Curtis Mayfield was the producer of their LP.

Continuing his relationship with Mayfield, Plato played in 1970 with Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions in the Chicago area.

He moved on to play in Aspen, Colo., with the Black Pearl Band. They played concerts with the up-and-coming Eagles.

He then moved on to Palm Springs, Calif., to play with Mr. Clean.

In 1977, Plato played with Redbone on live albums in L.A. and Texas, moving on in the late ’70s to play with Bobby Womack from L.A. After that, he played six European tours with Veronique Sanson, the wife of Stephen Stills, ending in 1981.

Along the way, Plato played with Freddie King, Richie Havens and numerous others.

After 1981, he joined Walt Richardson and the Morning Star Band in Phoenix. During his time in Phoenix, he played backup many times for arizona fave Hans Olson.

In 1986, he joined David Dean and Neon Prophet for an unprecedented longevity of reggae-plus for Tucson.

The bands involved in Plato’s benefit are Bad News Blues, 22 black, the Rowdies, 80’s and Gentlemen (formerly the Mockingbirds) and numerous others to be announced!

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