The dive bar on Monroe between Cleveland and Watkins is the closest thing to Cheers that Memphis musicians have. Spend a few weekends at the pirate-themed Buccaneer, and everybody knows your name. Known for their interesting take on last call and their willingness to let just about anyone perform in the tiny room next to the bar, the Buccaneer is usually the first place tourists of the Memphis bar circuit get a real taste of what late nights in this city are all about. One of the men who makes the Buccaneer a legendary stop for touring musicians and tourists alike is bartender Brad Boswell. There are two Brads at the Buccaneer, Boswell being the one with shaggy hair tucked into a St. Louis Cardinals hat.
Recently, Boswell faced very serious health problems that caused him to miss a substantial amount of work. With costly medical bills piling up for Boswell, local musicians have joined forces for an all-star night of Memphis music.
Organized by Joe Restivo, Bradley Swihart (the other Brad bartender at the Buccaneer), and Graham Winchester, the benefit starts at 6 p.m. and is $10 at the door. AGoFundMe page has been set up for those who aren't able to attend the benefit, and so far over $1,000 has been raised. There will also be a silent auction, and those in attendance can bid on things like private instrument lessons in addition to tons of gift cards from places like Goner Records and Trilogy Tattoos. Co-organizer Winchester said he's been overwhelmed by the response the benefit has received.
"It's been pretty awesome seeing so many [people] help and chime in," Winchester said. "I think it's a testament to the type of guy Brad is and how many connections he's made throughout the years."
As for the night's lineup, the following bands are confirmed: Dave Cousar, Deering and Down, Detective Bureau, Marcella & Her Lovers, Devil Train, the Sheiks, Jack Oblivian, Richard James, and Midnight Fistfight.
Brad Boswell Benefit, Saturday, July 25th, at the Buccaneer. Doors, 6 p.m. $10.