When: Sun., Sept. 5, 4:30 p.m. 2010
Besides working, mentoring and playing with almost every major blues and soul musician in the Nashville community for decades, Marion James has been a tireless advocate for their wellbeing off the bandstand. Perhaps her most noteworthy effort was the creation of the Marion James Musicians Aid Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works year-round on behalf of great performers whose commercial rewards have never equaled the joy and beauty they've brought to the work through their work. James also began the annual Marion James Reunion Concert, which reaches its 28th anniversary this year. The event's proceeds go toward providing funds for medical expenses and other needs. The 2010 concert on Sunday also has another special attraction: It will honor the accomplishments and memory of Bobby Hebb, the superb composer and performer who died last month, and whose hit tune "Sunny" is easily among the most performed songs in popular music history. A great lineup is on hand for the event, including Blues Injection, Herschel Bailey, Mandy Mason & Doc Martin, Charles "Wigg" Walker, Tom & Carissia Malone, James "Nick" Nixon, Jimmy Church, The Valentines, Beegie Adair, Jill & The Markey Band, Kenya Taylor, Herbert Hunter, John Richards, Elizabeth Dancers and the Don Adams Band.