Memorial Jam for Catfish Collins Tomorrow, September 4

(Above is a “Tribute to James Brown” tour that landed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in 2008. The North Sea Jazz Festival is known as “the biggest jazz festival in the world.” This features Bootsy and Catfish (in the graying beard and smiling by his brother’s side). I don’t think Maceo Parker is here with Fred Wesley. Now, there’s going to be a tribute to Catfish.

BTW, the woman in red is James’ controversial widow, Tomi Rae Hynie Brown. She had been one of his back-up singers.)

This is straight from Bootsy’s website:

We are holding an event in [Phelps “Catfish” Collins] honor, “The Catfish Nation Celebration” at the Madison Theater September 4, 2010, 8:00 p.m. in Covington, KY. There will be live entertainment by:

Ray Parker Jr. from Ghostbusters fame, Reggie Calloway, founder of Midnight Star, Freekbass, Kandi, Razzberry, Wilburt Longmire, The James Brown Tribute Band, Steve Jordan Drummer, and Brian Hardgroove, bassist for Public Enemy. There will also be videos by Dr. Cornel West, Charlie “Gap Band” Wilson, George Clinton, and more. This historical event is free to the public.

“The Catfish Nation Musician’s Fund” is set up through the Bootsy Collins Foundation for musicians that fall on hard times. These musicians have no health insurance and cannot afford funeral expenses. What we are asking is for those who can make a donation of $100 or more, special balcony seating will be provided for the event. There are only 320 seats available so make your donation today. Additionally, there will be a personal meet and greet with Bootsy from 7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., and a picture of Catfish autographed by Bootsy. Appetizers and refreshments will be served. Contact Esther at the Madison Theater to reserve your seat at 859-491-2444.

Other ways to donate:

1. Visit your nearest PNC Bank: Make your check payable to: Bootsy Collins Foundation/The Catfish Musician’s Fund, Account Number 4213232575.

We are also looking for items to be donated for our raffle such as gift cards, sports paraphernalia, or gift baskets. These items will be raffled at the end of the evening, and will benefit The Catfish Nation Musician’s Fund. Please contact Lori Fierro, Executive Director, Bootsy Collins Foundation at for more details.

See you all on September 4, 2010 at the Madison Theater in Covington, KY. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Red Carpet Star Walk 7:15 p.m. The event concludes at 2:00 a.m.


Thanks for all your prayers and support,

Patti Collins/Bootsy Collins Foundation

If you can’t be there, contribute to a good cause.

~ by blksista on September 3, 2010.

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