by Jim Ridley
Two Bright Nights for Human Rights: A Benefit for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council
Where: The Belcourt
When: 8 p.m. Thu., March 31
This is the second bright night benefiting the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, the Nashville-based organization attacking the health crises that are often a root cause of homelessness. And in this case, “bright” seems as inadequate to describe the legendary Cowboy Jack Clement as it does to describe a magnesium flare. At Sun Records with Sam Phillips in the mid-1950s, Clement was essentially an obstetrician at the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, and he presided over career boosts to Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones, Johnny Cash and Charley Pride, among others — including U2, who sought him out during the Rattle & Hum project.
He’s also one of the great showbiz raconteurs, which means the $40 ticket covering both the pre-show meet-and-greet wine tasting at Sunset Grill and the subsequent concert amounts to theft more than charity. Especially since the concert lineup includes Chuck Mead (who just attended the London opening of the musical Million Dollar Quartet, for which he served as musical director), the evergreen Riders in the Sky, J.J. Johnson and the Belmont University Bluegrass Ensemble. Tickets to see the concert only are $20.