The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


February 19, 2009

Ten bands to take stage for benefit

By Debby Woodin

A marathon fund-raiser to benefit the daughter of a longtime musician will bring many Joplin-area musicians together on Saturday.

Ten bands, including a reunion of The Smith Brothers band, will entertain from noon to 1 a.m. at J-Town Sports Bar, 2502 Main St.

The show is a benefit for Carley Grimes, the daughter of Larry Smith, a founder and vocalist for The Smith Brothers.

Smith, who lives in Noel and is a former Joplin resident, said his daughter was in St. Louis this week to have surgery to remove tumors close to her brain.

Money raised by the benefit will help pay for her medications and travel expenses, he said. Donations will be taken at the door and an auction will be held.

The bill for the show promises a diversity of sounds. There will be a reunion performance of The Smith Brothers, which will feature brother and harpist T-Ray and all of Carley’s uncles, Larry Smith said.

“There’s going to be quite a list of musicians and performers there,” says Benny Perry, harpist of The Geritol 5, the band that kicks off the show.

“We call ourselves The Geritol 5 because we’re the Geritol generation,” jokes Perry. The band does cover music of songs from the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Terry Hollingsworth, known as T-Bird, plays lead guitar; Lonnie Crawford plays saxophone; Jim Green plays bass; and Joe Carnes, the percussionist whose handle is “the unknown drummer.”

Perry said it doesn’t take too much coaxing to get a lineup of local headliners together.

“It’s all for a good cause. If you get a bunch of musicians together, they’ll come out and play.”


Noon to 1 p.m. — The Geritol 5.

1:15 to 2:15 p.m. — Jailhouse.

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. — Diversity.

3:45 to 4:45 p.m. — Willie & the Po’ Boys.

5 to 6 p.m. — Ed, Johnny, Dunc & Chuck.

6 to 7 p.m. — Auction.

7 to 8 p.m. — Rock Pie.

8:15 to 9:15 p.m. — 2 Mothers Left.

9:30 to 10:30 p.m. — The Smith Brothers, featuring T-Ray.

10:45 to 11:45 p.m. — City Limits.

Midnight to 1 a.m. — Big Smitty.

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