Mr. Kite's Corner
Several high-profile musicians lend their talents to a pair of benefits for eminently worthy causes next week. Wednesday, May 28, at the Backyard, Ray Benson, Jimmie Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, and "Miss Rhythm & Blues" Ruth Brown do their part to raise money for the 2003 Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Honorees: Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Koko Taylor, the Supremes, the Del Vikings, the Dixie Cups, George Clinton, Maceo Parker, Houston native Johnny Nash, and the family of Jackie Wilson. Founded in 1988, the nonprofit foundation provides financial support for R&B and Motown musicians from the Forties through the Seventies. Benson, who organized the benefit and sits on the foundation's board, has a solo album, Beyond Time, due next month. Tickets start at $35. The next night at La Zona Rosa, Texas heroes Delbert McClinton and Marcia Ball join Canadian singer-songwriter and Austin favorite Fred Eaglesmith for the Avon Foundation's "Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer" benefit. Proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Austin, an organization started in 1995 to provide support, education, and information to women diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as their friends and families. Tickets are $50. Tickets for both shows are available through Star Tickets at 469-SHOW. Dig deep.