Blues Traveler, Members of The Meters, New Mastersounds, P-Funk, Tea Leaf Green and More Join Forces for Benefit Show
On May 13, an impressive lineup of musicians gathered at The Independent in San Francisco for a sold-out benefit for the Bo Mahoney Fund. Mahoney started working for Blues Traveler in 1989 as John Popper’s personal equipment technician before becoming the band’s front-of-house engineer in 1998. Last year, Mahoney was diagnosed with ALS, and the Bo Mahoney Fund was started as an effort to assist him with his medical expenses.
The show began with a performance by a supergroup of artists, with The Meters’ Zigaboo Modeliste, ALO’s Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, The New Mastersounds’ Eddie Roberts, RatDog’s Mark Karan, P-Funk’s Eric McFadden, Tea Leaf Green’s Reed Mathis, Booker T. & The M.G.‘s Victor Little, as well as Glenn Hartmann, Mighty Dave Pelliciaro, Alan Williams, John Mader and DJ Logic all sharing the stage.
The all-star group kicked off the evening with a set of New Orleans classics, starting with two songs by The Meters: “Fire on the Bayou” and “Hey Pocky Way.” This led into the New Orleans blues standards “Ooh Poo Pah Doo” and “Junco Partner.” The set continued with “That’s Alright” and Professor Longhar’s “Hey Now Baby,” before coming to a close with the famous “Iko Iko.”
Blues Traveler then played for several hours in support of their friend and former engineer. The night was considered a great success with a large amount of money being raised at the event’s silent auction and raffle, and a tremendous evening of music by all those who participated.