Friends and family of the late Jack (“Black Jack”) Adcock will celebrate his life and creativity in an evening of remembrances, anecdotes and music on Sunday, March 9th, from 4 to 8 PM, at Otherlands.
A staple, along with his life-long partner Amy, of the Memphis alternative music scene throughout the 1990’s, Jack passed away two weeks ago in his adopted home of Norfolk, Virginia, after a brief illness. Possessed of a restless creative energy, endless curiosity, and a keen sense of humor, Jack was a talented multi-instrumentalist, instrument maker, painter, carver, and jeweller, who leaves behind a rich legacy of prolific creativity in practically every medium imaginable. As a consummate journeyman musician, Jack was a member of a wide range of bands, including 611 (the first band to release a single on the pioneering Shangri-La label), The Bumnotes, Professor Elixir’s Southern Troubadours, The Hyperventilators, Skronkadelic, and numerous iterations of a still-unnamed percussion ensemble which included many other notables of the 1990’s Memphis music scene. He appears on a number of singles on the Loverly label, albums by Linda Gail Lewis and The Country Rockers, unreleased recordings by Hot Joe and Linda Heck, as well as in soundtrack recordings in films by independent filmmaker Roy Barnes. A kind and generous creative free spirit, Jack will be sorely missed, and his life and legacy deserve no less than commemoration in a carefree wang-dang-doodle of an evening. It’s how he wanted to be remembered.