Saturday, 22 May 2010

Benefit concert for Jan Johansson

Following on from the EBB post of 11 Feb. 2010, Richard F Thompson forwards the news that the Circle of Friends for Jan Organizing Committee (Carla Osborne, Dell Tims, Julie Elkins, Lennie Green, Milton Harkey, and Monty Smith) has organised another benefit concert for Jan and Theresa Johansson, to take place on Sunday 27 June 2010, from 1.00 to 6.30 p.m., at Bond Park Amphitheater in Cary, North Carolina.

The impressive lineup of bands includes Kickin Grass, Al Batten & the Bluegrass Reunion, the Kruger Brothers, String Machine, Hank Bowman and Lin Peterson, and a grand finale with Jan and Friends, including Julie Elkins, Lindsey Tims, John Teer, Jerry Stuart, David Tate, John Wade, and Danny Gotham.

Two previous benefit concerts have been held for the Swedish-born fiddler, whose heart problems began at the age of 36. He has had triple bypass surgery, a pacemaker, and most recently the installation of a heart pump. However, this is an interim measure: he will ultimately need a heart transplant, with consequential expenses running into hundreds of thousands of dollars.

All proceeds from the benefit concert on 27 June will go to Jan’s family to help defray medical expenses and lost income. All performers and event organisers are donating their time and talents to raise money and show their support and appreciation for Jan and his wife Theresa. For admission to the concert, the suggested donation is $15 for adults. Children under 12 free. All donations will go directly to the National Foundation for Transplants to help Jan and Theresa.

If you are unable to attend the concert, please consider sending a donation to:

National Foundation for Transplants
5350 Poplar Dr., Suite 430
Memphis, TN 38119

Please make checks payable to the National Foundation for Transplants and write 'For Jan Johansson' on the memo line. You can also visit their website for information and updates about Jan and to make a donation online. If you would like to volunteer to assist in staging the concert, please e-mail or call Monty Smith at +1-919-614-4579.

For more information contact Lennie Green (telephone +1-919-772-3319; e-mail) or Carla Osborne e-mail.