It's been nearly a year since http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/joey-harris-and-mentals/">Joey Harris and the Mentals keyboard player Mighty Joe Longa went under the knife to remove extensive cancer in his abdomen. Scheduled to complete chemotherapy this month, Joe's recovery has been a long and erratic one.
"The side-effects of Joe's chemotherapy have made it difficult for Joe to get out of the house for extended periods," says Harris, "but he was able to record with the Mentals on the song 'Triple Digit Outlaw,' to be released this summer by Lost Ark Studio. I was told he got home after the session and slept for 18 hours straight."
Veteran musicians Jack Pinney (http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/iron-butterfly/">Iron Butterfly) and John Gunderson of the band http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/modern-rhythm/">Modern Rhythm are organizing a benefit concert to help raise money for Longa's expenses. Scheduled be held at the Moose Lodge in Spring Valley, the event happens Sunday June 10, from 2 to 8 pm.
Harris confirmed for the Reader that Mighty Joe will indeed attend. "Just off the phone with Jeannie Longa. She says Mighty Joe is looking forward to seeing everyone at the benefit show."
Intended as a family event, all ages are welcome. Moose Lodge #1713 features a large hall, horseshoe pits, and play structures for toddlers. Soft drinks and burgers and hot dogs for the big kids, and a full bar for the grownups. Ticket price is $15 and there are plans to raffle off items including a guitar donated by Moze Guitars of La Mesa.
The artist line up will include http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/robin-henkel/">Robin Henkel and his band, joined by Billy Watson. Modern Rhythm will perform, as will Scottie Blinn's new band http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/black-market-iii/">Black Market III, who will also back http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/tomcat-courtney/">Tomcat Courtney.
According to Joey Harris, "The afternoon will get weirder and most assuredly louder when the Farmers merge with the Mentals for a double bill like nothing San Diego has ever witnessed."
The Mental Farmers?! "Both bands will perform simultaneously on the Moose Lodge stage. Two drummers, two bass players, four guitar players and as many vocalists."
"http://www.sandiegoreader.com/bands/mojo-nixon/">Mojo Nixon and Jim Mcinnes, sportin' a pretty wicked brain surgery scar, will perform and MC as the mood strikes them."
Information on purchasing tickets can be found at http://www.mightyjoelonga.com">http://www.mightyjoelonga.com. The site is also for folks who cannot attend, but would like to donate to help Mighty Joe get up on his feet and back behind the keys.
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