The Black Rock Coalition, launching its 25th year of being nation’s premier support 501c3 nonprofit for alternative music artists of color, will present a fundraising concert on the behalf of pioneering Parliament-Funkadelic graphic designer Pedro Bell on Saturday, January 2.
The concert, “Miracle for a Maggot: Funkraiser for P-Funk Graphic Artist Pedro Bell” will feature original Funkadelic member Bernie Worrell, guitarists Ronny Drayton (Nona Hendryx, Defunkt) and Andre Lassalle (Burnt Sugar), bassist Melvin Gibbs (Elevated Entity, SociaLybrium, Rollins Band), J.T. Lewis (SociaLybrium) on drums, GTO, and Kelsey Warren (Pillow Theory) on vocals performing Funkadelic classics and selections from Jimi Hendrix’ Band of Gypsys concert at The Fillmore East 40 years ago.
“Miracle for a Maggot,” will be hosted at Santos Party House. All proceeds will go to a general relief fund on Pedro Bell’s behalf.
Bell, whose subversive and psychedelic work has appeared on every Funkadelic album cover since “Cosmic Slop,” has been in extremely poor health and living a life a virtual squalor in his native Chicago. Bell has seriously considered selling off his collection in order to cover his medical and living expenses.
The BRC hopes to raise money to help offset Bell’s costs and place the artist in a more stable living environment for the time being. The BRC also hopes to help Bell retain his collection while helping his family develop opportunities to best use his in-demand works.
Saturday, January 2
Santos Party House
Doors at 7PM, SHOWTIME AT 8PM SHARP.
Tickets are $15.
96 Lafayette Street (between White and Canal Streets),
If you can't attend the event, please make a general contribution to the PayPal account set up on Pedro's behalf:
Please come out and support one of America's greatest graphic artists!