Many of Sarasota and the Bradenton area's top musicians will congregate Saturday at The Cabana Inn for “Giving Cancer the Blues.” Kettle of Fish, Twinkle, RJ Howson, Berry Duane Oakley and Skylab, Ship of Fools, Kara Nally, Randy Stevens, Savanna Wright are scheduled to perform along with special guest appearances throughout the day.
“Giving Cancer the Blues” will raise funds to support the Payton Wright Foundation, an organization dedicated to fighting pediatric brain cancer on multiple fronts. The foundation supports research to find new treatments and financially assists families who are caring for a child fighting brain cancer. The foundation was established in 2008 by Patrick and Holly Wright, after their daughter, Payton, lost her fight with brain cancer at age 5. More information can be found at paytonwright.org.
“I have seen the worst of cancer, invading people's homes and happiness and leaving pain and loss," Dana Lawrence, lead singer of Kettle of Fish, said in a statement. "But cancer doesn't have to be a death sentence, and I'm happy to know many people who are survivors. I was happy to be asked to participate in the 'Giving Cancer the Blues' event at the Cabana to raise money and have a great time in the face of this horrible disease."
The Cabana Inn first opened its doors in 1958, was recently placed under new management. The a hotel and bar has added a new stage, sound system, lights, bar renovations, and fresh schedule of entertainment featuring many of the best local acts performing nightly.