Jamie Thompson of the 519 Band at the Oasis Bar in Windsor on 20 March 2016.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Music Tribute And Fundraiser For Kim Kelly

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Five of the seven members of the 519 Band on stage at the Oasis Bar on March 20, as part of a benefit fundraiser for musician Kim Kelly. (l to r) Carl Helbich, Dave Belch, Kevin Blok, Jamie Thompson, and Rob Balint. Not seen are drummer John Zuliani and keyboardist Brian Jones.Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Five of the seven members of the 519 Band on stage at the Oasis Bar on March 20, as part of a benefit fundraiser for musician Kim Kelly. (l to r) Carl Helbich, Dave Belch, Kevin Blok, Jamie Thompson, and Rob Balint. Not seen are drummer John Zuliani and keyboardist Brian Jones.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – Kim Kelly has long been a promoter of others and fundraiser for those in need. A tragic fall last year left the LaSalle musician paralysed with a broken neck and damaged spine.

On Sunday, local area blues acts gathered at the Canada South Blues Society’s Oasis Bar at Place Concorde to honour Kelly and raise funds to help offset his mounting medical costs. In attendance were the Soul Miners, Jim McCarty, Big John Dominus, Kenny Young, Derek Boyle, Sax Webster, Lady J’ai Mac, Bob Stepheson, and the 519 Band.

The event raised $5,500 for Kim which will be topped up by the Blues Society to an even $6,000. Michael McCann, president of the CSBS, will be making the cheque presentation to Kelly this Friday.