Memphis Hosts Inaugural Blues Concert Tour for Prostate Cancer Education
PCa Blue will kick off their the Blues 4 Prostate Cancer Education Tou with Two Blues Legends for One Great Cause on April 2, 2017 Minglewood Hall in the Home of the Blues. Blues legends Bobby Rush will join emerging blues stars Southern Avenue, the Bo-Keys and Vasti Jackson with a special guest solo appearance by Buddy Guy for a concert to raise awareness about prostate cancer and its impact in the community. The 2017 Blues 4 Prostate Cancer Education Tour is a series of nationwide educational benefit concert events to elevate the discussion about prostate cancer in the public domain. It aims to utilize blues music to reach countless men and their loved ones with important information and messages about this disease that affects 1 of 8 American men.
“Our goal is to take the prostate cancer cause outside of the traditional cancer advocacy community and directly into the community through the blues,” said John Lupton, founder and CEO of PCa Blue, himself a prostate cancer survivor. “This is different, new and entirely out of the box.”
National PCa Blue spokesman is none other than GRAMMY Award winning, Blues Hall of Fame inductee, world–renownedblues legend Buddy Guy. Guy is making a special solo appearance at the Memphis show alongside an additional three events of the educational tour during 2017. He is committed to the prostate cancer cause after the loss of his brother, Phil Guy, to the disease in 2008.
" I am proud to serve as the spokesperson for PCa Blue in memory of my brother Phil." explained Buddy Guy. "Through PCa Blue education and awareness, we will save lives. We are connecting the dots between blues and the prostate cancer cause."
"If we can save one life from using the blues to promote prostate cancer then I have done my job," Bobby Rush added. "I don't think I can do enough."
Two Blues Legends for One Cause tickets range from $35 to $100. The Blues 4 Prostate Cancer Education Tou beneficiaries are Us TOO, Prostate Health Education Network, ZERO - the End of Prostate Cancer and The HART Fund, the musician's relief fund administered by Memphis's own The Blues Foundation. Tickets are available here.
“The Blues Foundation is honored to be partnering with PCa Blue to improve awareness about prostate cancer. We are especially appreciative of the monetary support that will come back to The HART Fund to assist us in financially helping musicians in need of healthcare. And to do this with the joyous music of the blues could not be a better fit for all parties," stated Barbara Newman, CEO of The Blues Foundation.
About PCa Blue
PCa Blue is a 501(c)3 created to to educate men and their loved ones about prostate cancer and empower them to make informed decisions about this deadly disease and the numerous options available to them prior a diagnosis either to themselves or to a loved one. Another part of our mission is to advocate for quality cancer care for all people touched by Prostate Cancer. PCa Blue also supports policy reforms that will expand access to innovative treatments and health care approaches for Prostate Cancer Patients. We will work with legislators and policy makers to represent Prostate Cancer Patients with the goal to improve their quality of care and quality of life after diagnosis.
About the Artists
In his 63 year music career, Mississippi Blues legend Bobby Rush has recorded more than 300 songs and recently won the GRAMMY Award for Best Blues Album for Porcupine Meat. Buddy Guy is listed as one of the most influential blues guitarist of all time, alongside winning seven GRAMMY Awards, Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Honor. Distinguished as the first Memphis band to sign to Stax Records in 45 years, Southern Avenue' debut self-entitled album made its debut on Billboard's Heatseeker Chart two weeks ago. Memphis favorites The Bo-Keys, which features members of the amed i Rhythm Section, travel the world offering their brand of Memphis soul. MississippiArt AmbassadorVaii Jackson as a 2016 GRAMMY nominee fo Best Traditional Blues Album his release The Soul of Jimmie Rodgers.