Friday, September 25, 2009


I want to extend an invitation to all of you in the area to join me at Jammin at the Junction, the Larry Childer's Memorial concert, smoke and gun motorcycle fun run (to benefit Helena Fire and police Dept) and classic car show on Saturday, September 26 at the Helena Ampitheater, alongside Buck Creek.

We have many bands scheduled to play starting at 4PM with Helena's Alexa Rankin. The acts will continue until Rock Candy at 8 and BO BICE at 9. You will NOT want to miss it. It is an intimate stage setting, where you will be a part of the celebration of Larry's life. All proceeds benefit charities that were near and dear to my dearly departed friend, Larry Childers.


Friday Night kick off at La Reunion Coffee House in Helena featuring musical acts: Janet Hall O'Neil (Of Fox 6) , Dan Farmer and Steve Norris

Saturday Festivities:
The Day will begin with a Motorcycle Smoke-n-Guns Poker Ride
(Benefitting Helena Police and Fire Explorers)Included with the event best and worst hand prizes. Last bike in by 2:00 p.m.
A Cruise-in Car Show

Many Helena businesses will also be involved in the giving. Theywill be take a percentage of their sales and donating them to charities:. These businesses are Bead Biz, Monkey Basket, LaReunion, Helena BodySpa, 122 Tree Lane and others. Also when you buy food at the event, they will give part of the money to the cause. Be sure to shop these businesses and at the same time, give back!

Concert including several bands
4PM Alexa Rankin-Contemperary Christian singer, Alexa Rankin is 15 years old. She sings, play guitar, and writes her own songs & music. You can find her giving outdoor concerts at the Gazebo acorss the street, in front of her parents store, WildFlower Wax.

4:40 Overalls-Local bluegrass and folk band

5:25 Unshackled (bluegrass, gospel) "Unshackled” is a bluegrass gospel band that was formed in early 2008 as part of the Hunter Street Baptist Prison Ministry. “Unshackled” members are Tom Chiles – banjo & guitar, Rick Harris – dobro, Dwayne Tew – guitar & mandolin, Dan Vaughan – guitar, and Ronny Koon – bass. All the guys supply vocals on various songs. The group has played before many captive audiences throughout Alabama since coming together.

6:00 2-Blu + the Lucky Stiffs-2blu is:Bruce Andrews,Harmonica and Vocals George Dudley.Guitar and Vocals LuckY Stiffs are: Jack Dudley: Fretless Bass , James Dudley:Drums , Dave-Teeto-Gowens:Percussion The LuckYStiffs are a essentially a five piece good time,blues based-jam band.The band is driven by a "fusion-funk engine" consistiting of James Dudley on drums,Teeto Gowens on percussion and Jack Dudley on fretless custom made basses. 2BLU and The Lucky Stiffs win the 2009 Alabama Battle of the Blues Bands!The Band will be representing Alabama in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis this comming winter. Together they have been performing in different bands for a combined 60 plus years. That's a long time.

7:15 The Mitchell Brothers-who are from Nashville and were personal invited by Bo Bice so you know they are an up and coming band. A must see!

8:15 Rock Candy-Rock Candy is a versatile Rock & Roll band formed to appeal to the 21-50 year old crowd. It is a group of veteran musicians who have performed on the local and national music scene for many years. The band performs mainly rock & roll tunes from the 60's to the current Top 40 which can also include some R&B and country along the way. Rock Candy can tailor a performance to satisfy almost any type of event. The band features two extremely talented female vocalists along with a horn section that gives Rock Candy a unique sound that is perfect for events ranging from wedding receptions to private and corporate functions. Check out our Appearance Schedule and come check us out. We feel confident that you will have a great evening while enjoying a wide variety of tunes

9 Bo Bice (appearing with Rock Candy) Well known for his stage appearances on American Idol, Bo Bice has been performing since he was a baby. Bo claims that he's been singing ever since he could talk. He had formal voice training in high school choir. He plays a number of musical instruments including the piano, guitar, bass guitar, and saxaphone. He does his own recording at home in his own studio. Bo, the soft spoken southern gentleman (who can belt out a rocking tune like no body's business), brought his Southern sensibility with him to the fourth season of Fox's long-running talent contest. In 2004, He brought American Idol and the world to his hometown of Helen, Alabam. Two members of the group Lynyrd Skynyrd surprised Bice during his trip home from Idol and performed "Sweet Home Alabama" with him in his home town of Helena, Alabama. Helena is happy to welcome back, our hometown boy and superstar, Bo Bice. (and the crowd goes wild)

I have mentioned Larry many times on my blog, the wonderful friend he was to many, the devoted husband he was to my friend Momma Joy and the wondeful father he was to his children and grandchildren, including his daughter and my close friend,"the Boss.". This is a day that means so much to the many whose lives were touched by Larry. He was a big beleiver in giving, be it his friends, family, community, and charity. He gave his money, he gave his time, he gave his heart.This concert is a way to extend his service, its a way to come together in celebration, it's a way to continue his vision of giving. I hope you will join me -and come ready to rock! Bo promises a wonderful show (Bo was also a close personal friend of Larry). Whether you want to come as a fan or come and volunteer, you are welcome to be a part! You can find all the information on the website,
Be sure to visit my friend, Hewy's Blog, No Sleep in Helena,  for more details!

Sponsors of the event:
The Childers Family
Bo Bice & Family
Mayor Sonny Penhale
Circuit Clerk Mary Harris
Sheriff Chris Curry
Jim ‘N Nick’s Alabaster
Deborah's Party Rentals, Inc.
Sam Lilly Liquidators, Inc. (Stage Sponsor)
Karen Miller Agency–Allstate Insurance
Vulcan MaterialsCompany-Helena Quarry
Dave Rankin & Family
Magic City Title, Inc
Buffalo Rock
Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.
Am Wins Of Alabama
Back In Time
Bo’s Peeps

Charities benefitting from Jammin at the Junction, Memorial benefit concert are:  Helena Kiwanis, Safe House, Veterans, Institute for the Deaf, Helena Police and Helena Fire, City of Helena.

See you at "The Junction"
I'll be the one Jammin! Smile.


nancygrayce said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! Have fun!

Blondie's Journal said...

Would love to come, Leigh. Only about 1000 miles kepping me away, but have fun yourself!!


Anonymous said...

your a wonderful friend leigh bratina!

Kirby3131 said...

You are so great. I love how much you promote your town. This looks like a great event. :)

Kristin - The Goat

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Seems you had lot and lots of Fun !!Great Post..Unseen Rajasthan

AbbyLane said...

wow so much going on in one place! that sounds awesome!!! trying to catch up on bloggy friends' lives! hope you are well!!!

xinex said...

You have a lot of fun, Leigh!..Christine