Thursday, November 10, 2016

Pat Ramsey Memorial Hospice Benefit - The Day The Big Bend Music Community Comes Together

*SPECIAL NOTE* Monday morning, Nov 7, please watch the News at Sunrise (5-7am) on WTXL Tallahassee (ABC 27) at roughly 6:45am. Organizers Steve Howell and Jose Rodriguez will be on the air talking about the Annual Pat Ramsey Legacy Memorial Benefit for Big Bend Hospice being held at Bradfordville Blues Club Nov 12.  There is a live stream you can watch from your computer at:

A Day of Music Like No Other,
in a Location Like No Other
to Benefit a Organization
Like No Other! 

"This Was His Wish, To Give Back."

8th Annual Big Bend Hospice Benefit Concert in Memory of Pat Ramsey
Saturday, November 12, 2016 ~ 1pm – midnight at the earliest
Bradfordville Blues Club
"This Was His Wish, To Give Back"

Save the date!! November 12, 2016 - 8th Annual Pat Ramsey Benefit for Big Bend Hospice at Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee Florida.

This will be our 8th year benefiting Big Bend Hospice in Pat's honor. Pat Ramsey ( was a well known and loved person, musician & blues singer around the globe. Pat passed away on Nov. 17, 2008 in the care of Hospice and his music lives on and he is remembered in the hearts of his family, friends and fans.

This year's performance line-up for the event:

BBC Stage (Inside)
2:30-3:30 - Jim Crozier Band
4:00-5:00 - Deja Blu
5:30-6:30 - Brett Wellman & The Stone Cold Blues Band
7:00-8:00 - Bridget Kelly Blues Band (Bridget Kelly, Tim Fik, Mark Armbrecht, Michael Barady)
8:30-9:30 - Wanderfoot (Brandon Groom - vocals/guitar, Doug McQueen - lead guitar/vocals, Kaye Rhinehart - upright bass/vocals, Chris Buda - drums, Arielle Raff - violin)
10:00-12:00 Frank Jones Band with special guest appearances by: 
Jason Ricci
Dave Renson
Mike Howell
Missippy James
Broadcasted live on 106.1FM and

Saw Stage (Outside)
1:30-2:30 - RoadHouse
3:00-4:00 - Hub Chason & The Good Little Chickens 
4:30-5:30 - Scott Campbell with Tall Combo (Scott Campbell, Mark Patton, Edward Bradley)
6:00-7:00 - Jerry Thigpen Trio
7:30-9:00 - Major Bacon with special guest  Jason Ricci

Fire Stage (Acoustic outside under the oaks and starry skies)
2:30-3:00 - Mike Howell  & Sarah Jeanne Fisher
4:00-4:30 - Common Taters (Mike Lewis - rhythm guitar and vocals, Jan DeCosmo - rubboard, hand percussion & vocals, Mike Stone -  drums (cajon), Ken Gemmer - lead guitar & vocals, "Turn-Up"  today on bass guitar was Breck Long)
5:30-6:00 - Chris Skene
7:00-7:30 - Sarah Jeanne Fisher
9:00-Till she's tired - Debi Jordan                                   

All of the participating bands & musicians are giving their time and talent for Big Bend Hospice. All have their own experiences with hospice and they also want to give back for the love and care given to their loved ones, and for the love they had for Pat. Please remember when you are at the event to let these musicians know how much they are appreciated. We want this year to be our best year yet so tell all your friends!

There will be a silent auction as well as a 50/50 drawing, numerous raffles throughout the day, with a big raffle item for the final drawing. All proceeds are going to Big Bend Hospice in Pat Ramsey's name. If you can't attend the event and would like to show your support by making a donation in Pat Ramsey's name, you can do so at . Click the "Make A Gift" link.

Mark your calendars, tell your friends, and we hope to see you there! Bring your children - there's plenty of room for them to play. Free for age 12 & under or if you wish... give a donation.

Gates Open at 1pm - Rain or Shine!
Food on Site
$20/Person, Children 12 & under are Free

Thank you!
NOTE: Please, no pets, no coolers and no alcoholic drinks not bought at the club. This event is about respect, and this part of it. Overnight rough camping and RV parking space is available and encouraged. DO bring chairs, blankets, bug spray, cameras and good attitudes!

Need a hotel?

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities and auction and raffle item donations, contact Debbi Ramsey at (850)597-6131 or

To inquire about band selection, contact Steve Howell at (850)566-7573 or

Production Team: Steve Howell, Debbi Ramsey, Jose Rodriguez, Nikki Jones, Gary Anton, Carole Willis, and more...

Volunteers: Sherry Waterman, Carole Willis, Russ Hamby, Greg Leslie, Morganne Hamby, Judy Matthews, Leigh Doyle

Media Sponsorship: Jazz & Blues Florida

Bradfordville Blues Club, 7152 Moses Lane, Tallahassee, FL 32309
Google Map Link:


Pat Ramsey Biography

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1953, Pat Ramsey began playing the harmonica at the age of 17. After a couple of years honing his chops while hitchhiking around the US, Pat joined the Bunny Brooks Band in Denver (an offshoot of the 60's band, Jam Factory) in 1973.

In 1978, he impressed Rick Derringer, who told Johnny Winter of this "long haired kid in Denver" who played a mean harp! Johnny liked what he heard so much that he hired Pat to play all the harp parts on the album "White Hot and Blue".

In late 1978, Pat met Butch Trucks of Allman Brothers fame. After a couple of sizzling jams in Colorado with Butch and his band, Trucks, Pat signed on, and made the long move to Tallahassee, Florida. When the Allman Brothers Band reunited in 1979, Butch disbanded Trucks and introduced Pat to a local Tallahassee band called Crosscut Saw.

Julien Kasper, a seventeen year old guitar prodigy and Pat became partners and the band quickly thinned from seven to four when they decided to take the band on the road. In the next five years, Pat and Crosscut Saw played every Juke Joint and Roadhouse from Key West to Connecticut. They opened for B.B. King (twice), Johnny Winter, Johnny Van Zandt, .38 Special, Bobby Bland, The Nighthawks, and others. Before disbanding, Crosscut Saw released their album "Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know". Crosscut Saw's annual reunions are still one of Tallahassee's top draws!

In 1985, the Pat Ramsey Band was formed when Julien opted to study Jazz at the graduate level. They opened for many notables as well, including a seven-city tour of Florida (in 1987) with his old friend Johnny Winter.

Pat moved to Sarasota, Florida, in 1991, to play with his friend from the Freddie King band, guitarist Greg Poulos. The Poulos-Ramsey Band was born. Within months they were opening for acts like Charlie Musselwhite, Solomon Burke, Albert Collins, Ronnie Earl, James Cotton, and Pinetop Perkins. Jerry Wexler hailed them as "Sarasota's ONLY Blues Band"! Two years later, they were ready to make the jump to Memphis, TN. Alas, while Pat was busy scouting gigs in Memphis, tragedy struck Greg's family in Florida, bringing a premature end to this endeavor.

A new face in a new city, Pat began working the craps tables in a casino on the muddy Mississippi River, an hour south of Memphis. Jamming on Beale Street on his days off, Pat was quickly accepted by local musicians and was hired to play at "Blues City Cafe" as part of the house band. Living out of a trailer in a nearby fish camp, Pat scrimped and saved for the next two years.

With the help of his old friend Julien Kasper (now PROFESSOR Julien Kasper at Berklee College of Music, Boston) and some of the best local Memphis musicians, Pat produced the aptly titled CD "Its About Time". The CD received very strong reviews and Pat began touring once again. Pat's stellar live performances with The Blues Disciples produced the live CD's, "Live at the Grand", and "Live at the Big Bend Blues Bash" and the posthumously released "Live in Key West".

Pat passed away on Nov. 17, 2008 but his music lives on and he is remembered in the hearts of his family, friends and fans.

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