It’s been just two weeks since Dallas bluesman Smokin’ Joe Kubek died at the far too young age of 58.
“He loved the blues,” said Bnois King, a long-time Kubek collaborator, in a statement. “He was always very serious about the music and the presentation of the music. He had a modern style but he really studied those old cats. And, he would literally give you the shirt off his back. He was a great friend.”
Saturday, his friends will return the favor, joining forces for a benefit concert serving as both memorial and inspiration for Kubek’s widow, Phyllis, fighting a battle of her own against breast cancer.
Kubek served as her caretaker, emotionally and financially, and with his sudden death, she now finds herself struggling to cover the costs of treatment.
The benefit’s line-up includes the Zac Harmon Band, Outta the Blue, Bnois King and Friends and Wanda King, among others.
Beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, the “Blues Against Breast Cancer” benefit kicks off at Poor David’s Pub in Dallas.
Donations will be accepted at the door, and a GoFundMe page has also been set up for Phyllis.
Additionally, PayPal donations can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or a check made out to Phyllis Kubek can be mailed care of the Piedmont Talent Agency, P.O. Box 680006, Charlotte, NC 28216.