Photo via GoFundMe
Last week, Hurricane Ian landed on Florida’s Gulf Coast, causing massive devastation of homes and property for many of the region’s residents. Among those affected by the damage were former Allman Betts Band and current Duane Betts bassist Berry Duane Oakley Jr. and his family. In response to the tragedy, the musicians’ friends have come together for a benefit concert at Crazy Uncle Mike’s in Boca Raton, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 16.
The event is billed as a sizeable jam session, with ticket sales aiding the restorative cause. In an Instagram post shared by Oteil Burbridge, he listed the event’s musical guests as Pete Lavezolli and the members of Crazy Fingers, Funkin Grateful, Southern Florida bass phenom Brad Miller, as well as brother and sister duo, Vaylor and Melody Trucks. Also included is an auction with items supplied by Burbridge, The Allman Brothers Band, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, The Big House Museum and more.
Burbridge ended his social post by pulling at the heartstrings, adding, “Berry is a crucial part of the living legacy of the Allman Brothers Band. Let’s show him and his family that they are not fighting this battle alone!”
Tickets for Benefit for Berry are on sale now and can be purchased via eventbrite.com. For those unable to attend but interested in making a financial contribution to the cause, a GoFundMe page has been set up and can be accessed here.
Learn more by reading our first report of this story now. See Burbridge’s post below.