CATEGORY: Lafayette County

AUTHOR: CASTEN

FUND-RAISING BENEFIT SET FOR WRITER CHICO HARRIS

By Errol Castens

Daily Journal

OXFORD - The arts community is continuing a fund-raising benefit for writer/editor Chico Harris today, who was severely injured by an uninsured motorist in Oxford on April 5.

The benefit is slated as "The Broken Pelvis Festival/Wayne the Dog Memorial" in honor of Harris and his Corgi, Wayne, who was killed in the accident.

Local and national musicians are donating their services for the benefit. Tonight the Gutbuckets, "a jug band comprised of some of North Mississippi's finest musicians," will perform at Proud Larry's on the Square.

The North Mississippi All-Stars will also bring their music to Proud Larry's, featuring Memphis recording legend Jim Dickinson, who has played with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. Bobby Whitlock, keyboardist for Eric Clapton, is scheduled to share the stage.

From 1 to 3 p.m. today, Southside Gallery on the Square will feature works donated for the benefit effort by local artists from Jere Allen to Martha Golden. The band Widespread Panic also donated a collaborative painting depicting their song "Tall Boy," which is signed by all members of the band.

Harris, founding editor of Oxford Town, was hospitalized for three months following the accident and is now able to walk with a cane.

For more information on the events, call Proud Larry's at 236-0050 or Southside Gallery at 234-9090.

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