I am privileged to have been invited to cover A Mighty Love: A Tribute to Mighty Sam McClain, which was a tribute to the late great soul/blues/rhythm and blues singer who died six months ago. The all-star cast of musicians paid loving tribute to a man they called friend, mentor, and – in the case of Sandra McClain – husband. In addition, this was a benefit for charities seeking to end homelessness, a cause near and dear to Mighty Sam’s heart.
I had not seen Mighty Sam perform in a number of years (fifteen or so), so I especially loved the montage playing on the screen behind the stage as I entered the Regent Theatre. Mighty Sam was singing ‘Amazing Grace’ which brought a tear to my eyes. Bob Teague sat at a corner of the stage, playing guitar during the montage.
Mighty Sam McClain was a tremendous force on the Boston music scene who sadly passed away earlier this year. On Saturday, November 28th, there is a memorial concert for him at the Regent Theatre in Arlington that will benefit homelessness. You know you have nothing better to do that night!
What follows is a piece written by John McGah, the founder and executive director of Give US Your Poor: The Campaign to End Homelessness. John knew Sam’s story well.
Mighty Sam McClain was a fixture on the Boston (and national) music scene for many years, and it was a great loss when he died five months ago. A tribute to his life with performances by many who knew him well is being presented at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts on Saturday, November 28th. This is a wonderful way to give thanks over Thanksgiving weekend. The information you need to order tickets is contained in the press release by Callanan & Klein Communications. I took none of the photos and credited the photographer if I know who took the shot.
A Mighty Love—A Tribute to Mighty Sam McClain is an evening to remember and celebrate the life and music of Mighty Sam McClain, who died at age 71 in June 2015. The fundraiser to benefit homelessness (an issue near and dear to Sam’s heart) is set for the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA on Saturday, Nov 28 at 7:00 PM, the Sat. after Thanksgiving. An all-star line-up includes artists from blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll who are coming to honor Sam from multiple cities and countries (see full list below). There will also be video messages from other famous friends that worked with Sam. The event honors the life and music of Mighty Sam McClain, with his friends and those who have been deeply affected by the life and death of this great pillar of American music.
I saw an unexpectedly excellent blues show at Johnny D’s on Friday night! If I’d been familiar with all the acts, I would not have been as surprised.
Of course I am familiar with Charles Neville, saxophonist for The Neville Brothers. I love their music and their spirit, together and separately (the band as it existed for many years is no longer). I was not familiar with Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood, other than by name and reputation.