Allman Brothers Band founding member Dickey Betts – the singer, songwriter and guitar hero responsible for such classics as “Ramblin’ Man,” “Blue Sky,” “Jessica” and “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” – is headlining the “Saving Austin’s Baby Blue’s” concert benefit Saturday at Robarts Arena with his superb backing band Great Southern.
Betts, who has headlined numerous area benefits in recent years, will be joined on the lineup by Chris Anderson of The Outlaws for an Anderson-Poulos reunion set; Dickey’s country-singing daughter Kim Betts and her Gamble Creek band; plus Kettle of Fish.
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.
In addition to the lineup of first-rate rockers, there will be a silent auction and raffle.
4-6 p.m. (serving food in Ken Clark building); 6-11 p.m. live music; Saturday; Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota; $20 (free for children age 12 and younger); 809-6082; savingaustinsbabyblues.myevent.com.