Concert Helps Benefits Band Member’s Daughter
The Bobby Lewis Blues Band, based in the Washington DC area, lives by the motto of “We’re having a party and you are all invited!” This motto served especially true during January 25th’s Concert for Katie. The concert, which took place at the Washington-Rockville Elks Lodge in Rockville, MD, also featured a 50/50 drawing and silent auction.
Bob Morris, aka Bobby Lewis, talked more about the concert. “[O]ur drummer, Donnie Tinsman’s daughter Katie is suffering from a potentially deadly genetic disease called aHUS,” he said. “The medical bills are mounting so the benefit served two purposes, to raise money and Katie’s spirits.”
The band’s online connections helped them spread the word about the concert for a cause. “Social Media (Facebook) [helped] and the band has 500 people on our e-mail list,” he said. “The site, Elks Lodge #15 [Washington-Rockville Elks Lodge] also promoted with posters [and other promotional paraphernalia].”
Thanks to the outpouring of support from online fans and the venue, the band managed to raise a large amount of money in only a short amount of time. Morris called the event “outstanding,” saying, “We raised $12,000 in a little over five hours.”
At the concert, the band performed their repertoire of blues-infused and soul music, including original songs from their 2009 album Life on the Road as well as blues standards. It’s with these songs that the band became well known throughout the Washington DC region. Also helping their notoriety were their regional performances, such as their performances for the Town of Poolesville’s BBQ, Blues & Brews Fest, and Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club’s “Best of Montgomery County Blues” show.
When asked what the best part of the night was, Morris said, “Everything!” “The biggest surprise was that we had a pink Fender Stratocaster guitar that Katie wanted to win in the silent auction,” he said. “We kept her so busy she couldn’t bid. When the auction was over we surprised her with her own pink Fender which we all signed.”
If you’re planning your own concert similar to The Bobby Lewis Band’s Concert for Katie, Morris suggested to truly understand your level of passion for the event and the cause it’s benefitting. “Prepare yourself for a lot of work. Be sure your passion for the cause is real,” he said.