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Dickey Betts to play local benefit show for ailing baby

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Berry Oakley Jr. and Dickey Betts courtesy photo

Berry Oakley Jr. (left) and Dickey Betts. HERALD-TRIBUNE ARCHIVES.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Sarasota resident Dickey Betts will return from a performance with his Great Southern group in New York next month to headline the “Saving Austin’s Baby Blue’s” concert benefit Sept. 7 at Robarts Arena.

The founding Allman Brothers Band singer, songwriter and guitar great responsible for classic recordings such as "Ramblin' Man," "Blue Sky," "Jessica" and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" will be joined by Kettle of Fish, as well as his Great Southern keyboardist Mike Kach's group and his country-singing daughter Kim Betts and her Gamble Creek band.

The benefit concert is to help Little Austin Baxter win his fight against a rare disease called Retinoblastoma. Austin’s Left eye had to be removed "but together we can help save his right eye," reads the event website.

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Wade_Tatangelo_by_Mike_Lang_HT_06212013 Wade Tatangelo has been an entertainment reporter, columnist and reviewer for more than a decade at publications nationwide. He is a Hershey, Pa., native who grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune in 2013. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
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