’70s disco dance party: benefit for Tami-Lu Barry, May 22

Skinny Legs and All. Photo courtesy of the band

Artist, musician, arts supporter and longtime Asheville resident Tami-Lu Barry was diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer in September. She’s undergone surgery and chemotherapy and is now in remission, “but faces continuing costs in regaining and maintaining her health as she explores future treatment and prevention pathways,” according to a press release. To help with those bills, The White Horse Black Mountain hosts a ’70s disco dance party benefit on Sunday, May 22 starting at 5 p.m.

The show is really a celebration: funk band Free Flow will perform, along with a Skinny Legs and All reunion. SKLA front woman Jesse Barry is Tami-Lu’s daughter; she’ll also take the stage with her new band, Jesse Barry and the Jam. “In the spirit of the event, ’70s attire is encouraged,” says a press release.

“Other special guests include Peggy Ratusz, Henry Westmoreland (Hank West & The Smokin’ Hots, Firecracker Jazz Band, Empire Strikes Brass), Jerome Widenhouse (Firecracker Jazz Band, Empire Strikes Brass), Earl Sachais (Firecracker Jazz Band), CaroMia Tiller (Siamese Jazz Club, Goldie & The Screamers), Daniel Iannucci, Simon George (Siamese Jazz Club), Phill Bronson (Siamese Jazz Club, Tuesday Night Funk Jam), Micah Thomas, Aaron Price, Robert Geisler (Jim Arrendell & The Cheap Suits), Sean Anderson (Virginia & The Slims), Kelly Jones, Brian Beall, Paula Nelson, Evalina Everidge, Jenna Jaspreet, & Michelle Blake.”

Tickets are $20 advance/$25 door. Advance tickets available online.

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Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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