In the Fall of 2013, local musician Robert “Monk” Mackey was diagnosed with a carcinoid tumor. Since his diagnosis, he’s been undergoing treatment and recently had his first surgery. He’s currently recovering from the operation and will be exploring additional treatment as necessary.
Monk has been playing the bass since he was 14 years old. He’s played with several bands over the years including Red Beans & Rice, Another Mule, The Humanitarians, The Midwest Creole Ensemble and Monk & The Magnetos. Monk wrote the lyrics to the Little T&A song “Midnight’s Almost Gone” on The Louisville Blues Compilation Volume II disc released by the Kentuckiana Blues Society last year.
Monk’s friends, family and fellow musicians invite you to celebrate a benefit for him. All donations will go directly to Monk to cover medical bills and assist him financially during his recovery and treatment time.
The benefit is Sunday, March 16 at Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar. We are excited to have an illustrious group of musicians and infamous Louisville legends on stage to celebrate Monk. Doors open at 4:30 pm, with the music starting at 5:00 pm.
5:00pm The Saints
6:00pm Little T&A
7:00pm The Stray Cats Band
8:00pm Another Mule with Red Beans and Rice
9:30pm All jammers welcome!
In addition, a benefit account has been set up with Fifth Third Bank in the name of Robert Mackey under his daughter’s name Leah Schultz. The best way to donate (with NO fees deducted from your gift) is to write a check to Leah Schultz (memo: Benefit for Robert Mackey). All checks can be mailed to: Leah Schultz, 4729 Timberhill Dr., Nashville, TN, 37211. You can also visit any Fifth Third Bank and make a check or cash donation. Just tell them it is for Robert Mackey’s benefit account in the name of Leah Schultz.
A Fundrazr page has also been established for Monk at https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/chHY0/sh/02obw0 or go to https://fundrazr.com/ and search for Help Robert “Monk” Mackey. (NOTE: there is a small fee associated with this method. The fee is deducted from your gift amount).
Monday, March 3 was very cold and the sidewalk between Zanzabar and The New Vintage was quite icy and treacherous. That not withstanding, there was a sold-out house at the New Vintage for Lake Street Dive, on tour promoting their new CD, Bad Self Portraits. My companion and I didn’t get there in time to get close to stage. This was not all that bad, given that The New Vintage is mostly festival seating, i.e., stand up for the show. We did find a table to sit with some friends in the back, where the sound was perfectly fine.
Things got going with a female vocal group called Midnight Moxie, who got a respectable response from the audience, but the use of a unfortunately programmed drum machine got in the way of enjoying their performance. The audience was definitely there for LSD, who came on without much delay after Midnight Moxie wrapped.
Lead singer Rachel Price took charge immediately, noting that they had only played Louisville once before and there “weren’t as many of you there, then.” She also declared that they would be back – given the enthusiastic crowd – before launching into tunes from their new CD. They delivered as promised, with a sound that mixed soul, pop and not a little jazz influence. The tunes were/are not instantly accessible, even with Price’s gorgeous trained voice leading the way – the arrangements were complex and interesting and the harmonies tight. With a sparse setup on the drums, one guitar (most of the time) and a double bass, everything was right to showcase the vocals, and not just Price’s. Given that they have been a group for ten years and have six studio records, it’s not a surprise that they know how to pace a show.
The only problems with the show were 1.) a guitar with a ground fault hum 2.) the length, which was too short. They also didn’t sing “I Want You Back,” the tune they covered in the video of them that went viral and which certainly drew a number of the people who there to the show. Nevertheless, the general agreement was that the next time they came through town, they would be in a bigger room.