Thirty-one years ago, Nashville’s Queen of Blues identified needs of many in her music community. Some of her fellow musicians and blues legends were facing difficulties creating and performing music due to the burdens of financial hardships or illnesses. In 1983, Marion James created the Musician’s Reunion to raise funds for cancer research, food, shelter, and other basic necessities. The idea came into fruition after Marion began providing housing and food for musicians who were waiting for their next paying gig. Understanding that more assistance could be provided with the help of others in the community, she held the first Musician’s Reunion at the Rodeway Inn where she served as event organizer and caterer. 350 people purchased tickets and were treated to the sounds of Johnny Jones and Jimmy Church.
The Reunion has come a long way over the past three decades. Join Marion James at Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar for the 31st Annual Jefferson Street Musicians’ Reunion and Benefit. The lineup this year features some of Nashville’s finest including the Andy T Band featuring Nick Nixon, Jonell Mosser, B.B. Queen, and Marion James. In addition to the music, there will be a candlelight ceremony held in remembrance of those who have contributed to the life of blues in this community. The night will feature a silent auction and a guest speech delivered by State Representative Brenda Gilmore. Though the venue is larger and the show has grown, the goal remains the same: to raise funds that will provide food, medical, and housing assistance for sick and struggling musicians.
Marion James Presents the 31st Annual Jefferson Street Musicians’ Reunion and Benefit
Sunday, August 31 – 3:00 pm – 10:00pm – Tickets: $10.00
Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar
220 Printers Alley, Nashville 37201
For more information and to purchase tickets, call (615) 250.3656
Photo by Scott Hammaker
Courtesy of the Nashville Jazz Workshop