The headline may not say enough about this special party held for Steve Wilson, a member of the Neil's Music Room community who has been diagnosed with stage three esophageal, liver, and colon cancer. Wilson has worked with many music makers in the Memphis area over the years, in addition to being a regular at Neil's. To honor their sick friend, local musicians are throwing a day-long celebration at the music venue on Sunday, November 8th, in hopes of surrounding Wilson with "love and faith, which will promote healing," according to the show's organizer.
LoveFest is free to attend, starting at 2 p.m. and ending at 11 p.m. The day will be jam-packed full of music from many different types of bands — over 14 in total. Regulars to Neil's will recognize many of the acts already, but there's something for everyone, regardless if you've been to the Music Room or not. Those who prefer straight-up, mainstream rock-and-roll will enjoy the musical stylings of Band of Brothers, Almost Famous, and Grand Theft Audio. Singer-songwriter fans will love JoJo Jeffries and Ronnie Caldwell, who are both staples at Neil's. There's even something for fans of the blues as the Memphis Blues Revue and the Royal Blues Band (featuring Jack Rowell Jr.) will both be in the house.
Other musicians and groups include Don Cook (who plays with Blind Mississippi Morris), Buddy Church (who had his own benefit concert at Neil's in 2013), Brad Webb, Eric Reason, Jonathan Yudkin, Morrill & Smith, Steve Ingle, and the Lineup, among others. Neil's Music Room often holds benefits for folks in need, and this time is no different. As the Beatles song goes, "Love is all you need," and the folks at Neil's are making sure that rings true for Wilson.