Bands jam for Painted Planet, but cancer ministry needs more support

By Donna Bowers

Owner, Painted Planet Artspace

If you joined your neighbors and fellow art and music enthusiasts at the first annual Celebrate the Planet event July 7, you are probably still talking about it.

Even though the weather outside was steamy, the talent showcased in the back lot behind Painted Planet Artspace at 798 S. Cooper St. was well worth braving the heat. The colorful bohemian gallery had filled its lot with fans, overhead misters and lots of icy cold drinks, including Smoothie King’s tropical treats, in an attempt to keep its patrons cool.

Though the early day was a little slow when Andy Tanas, formerly with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Oak Arkansas and Krokus, played, followed by the top “open mic” performers, by 3 p.m when the open jam session began, things had started to pick up.

A short rain forced the “jamming” musicians inside for a while, but before the 6 p.m. Battle of the Bands began, the rain was gone and things outside had cooled off. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks were available for the hungry guests while live painters painted, belly dancers danced and fire twirlers twirled. The gallery’s house band, The Bluegrass Band, played bluegrass like only they can.

The Battle began with rapper Sam Blackwell, followed by Five Sent Out, The Angry Purse Snatchers, The Mike Dees Band and finally Cowboy Bob and the Bounty Hunters. All the bands were competing for a full CD recording session in Painted Planet’s new recording studio, complete with band photos, CD art work, and a CD release party, at the gallery’s expense.

Cowboy Bob and the Bounty Hunters won first place, The Mike Dees Band won second place, and Five Sent Out came in third. Second- and third-place bands will each be allowed to record two songs in the studio for free.

Celebrate the Planet was designed to help Painted Planet cover its back rent and keep its free cancer ministry for women, Healing Planet – Cancer Ministry, up and going.

But financially, the event did not accomplish what we had hoped it would.

We thought we had a good enough turnout late in the day and in the evening to cover what we needed, but the cash just doesn’t reflect that. We’re hoping that those who came out to support us will come into the gallery this month and do the same with their patronage.

We love Cooper-Young and feel we serve a worthwhile purpose here. We are so grateful to those of you who have supported us these last 10 years, and appreciate those who came out Saturday in the heat to enjoy art and music with us and show your support in our time of need. Regardless of what happens over the next few months with Painted Planet, we love you guys so much, and our heart will always be here in this neighborhood we love so much!


Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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