BACKPACK BLUES Benefit 2018 had a new venue and a new attitude!

Broadway Oyster Bar was the perfect place to be on Sunday, April 29, when the temp was a sunny 65 degrees. People were happy to shake off the long, gloomy winter, soak up some rays, and listen to some great music. Our crowd was our largest ever and BACK@YOU made a lot of new friends and supporters! We also had a visit from KMOV Channel 4 and they shared with their viewers our benefit and the work we are doing for our homeless neighbors in St. Louis.

 

Terry English and the Funk Factory got everyone started with funk that made it hard to sit still! Dancers and toe-tappers were in the mood and in the groove!

When the Johnnie Johnson Band came on, people found out what a treat they were in for! Band members Frank Dunbar, Steve Waldman, Lisa Campbell, and Keith Robinson all played with the legendary blues man, Johnnie Johnson, as well as Chuck Berry.  They not only played some soul shattering blues, they told stories about the old days that left the audience wanting more—more music and more stories!

Headlining our event for the second year was the Uncle Albert Band. Tim Albert, Lisa Campbell, Vince Corkery, and Keith Robinson make you feel glad to be alive with their brand of blues, rock, and folk. I could listen to these guys play all day long! Judging from the response they received, I think many agreed with me!

Our silent auction items have gotten better every year and this year topped them all! We had a guitar autographed by the great George Benson, original art by local artists, baseball tickets in seats too good to be true, and a wide array of baskets and gift certificates. A lot of people got great deals! Please check out our page with businesses who partnered with us by donating, and support them. Businesses that support their communities deserve our support!

The best part of the whole day was that we raised over $6,500 to help pay for 500 backpacks and all the essentials that go into them! These will be distributed right before winter comes.

Thanks to everyone who shared their day with us, and all of our supporters, old and new. We could not do any of what we do without your help, and we never take that for granted. Hopefully, we will see many of you in October when we stuff and distribute our backpacks. And those who can’t physically join us, we feel you with us in spirit!