Bill Graham

Bill Graham died 16 years ago, but the legendary rock promoter's birthday is still cause for celebration in these parts.

For each of the past three years, Graham's old compadres have invited stars such as Carlos Santana, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt to gather in San Francisco in January for a good time and a good cause.

"We have a dual purpose," says Danny Scher, a former vice president for Bill Graham Presents and current member of the Bill Graham Foundation's advisory board. "One is to give money away to organizations that probably couldn't get it otherwise. The other is to keep the spirit of Bill and awareness of Bill alive." [The Mercury News]

That story is about California. Here's what's going on in NYC....

Thursday Jan 10th at BB KIng's. "Return To The Fillmore East" With.....
THE PRISONERS OF 2ND AVE
Featuring:
JIMMY VIVINO, RICH PAGANO + JOHN CONTE

Bill Graham Birthday Show!
-and-
A Jimmy Vivino Birthday Celebration!

With special guests and special friends ...

THE FAB FAUX
LEVON HELM
WILLIE NILE
AL KOOPER
WARREN HAYNES
PAUL SHAFFER
JOHN SEBASTIAN
DAVID JOHANSEN
HUBERT SUMLIN
ROBERT GORDON
CATHERINE RUSSELL
LARRY CAMPBELL

That's the info I received. Proceed at your own risk (aka I don't know for sure whether all those people will show up).

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