John "Juke" Logan, a fixture on the L.A. blues scene for more than four decades, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2009 and seemed to have shaken it in 2012. A few months later Juke learned that the cancerous tumor returned to his esophagus. As Juke puts it, he is in “warrior-stance” and plans on beating this new cancer. And that’s where we come in.
Café Fais Do Do is gathering many of his musical friends for this celebration of Juke—to throw some love his way and send him strength to continue on in his fight. The best of L.A.’s rock and blues players have volunteered to perform for this event: the Rick Holmstrom Band, Dave Alvin, the Delgado Brothers, King Cotton, the Bonedaddys, the Gary Allegretto Band, Joey Harris of the Beat Farmers with Mojo Nixon, Buddy Zapata's Junkshop Republic, the Mike Eldred Trio, Carla Olson, Shawn Mafia & the Ten Cent Thrills and many, many special guests.
Emcees for the evening will include Ellen Bloom (Juke’s co-host of the late, great Friday Night Blues Revue, on KPCC radio), Art Martel (Same Old Blues, KSPC Radio) and Freddie Johnson (formerly of KPCC and KCSN).
The event takes place Sunday, April 14th, at Café Fais Do Do [5257 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016; 323-931-4636; www.faisdodo.com]. Rockin’ will commence at 2:00 p.m. and go on into the night. Suggested donation/cover is $10 (but you’re always welcome to add more); all profits will go to Juke's chosen cancer research charity, the American Institute for Cancer Research (www.aicr.org). We will also be having a Juke-a-Thon—a silent auction of lots of cool swag and of course a raffle or two. The event will be recorded/streamed live since Juke will not be able to attend.
Check the event page for further updates as they happen: www.facebook.com/events/325579460897772/?fref=ts
About Juke Logan:
John Farrell Logan got his nickname by playing Little Walter's harmonica-instrumental gem, "Juke," incessantly. Rockin', multimedia-style, in the music world for more than four decades, Juke got his start backing Dobie Gray and Leon Russell and moved on to working with countless other major recording artists and musical trendsetters such as Ry Cooder, Albert Collins, Dave Alvin, Etta James, John Lee Hooker, Lucinda Williams, James Harman and Los Lobos—to name a mere few. Juke's songwriting credits include John Mayall's "Fanning the Flames," Poco's "Starin' at the Sky" (co-penned with Timothy B. Schmidt) and Gary Primich's "The Sound of Money Talkin'" and "Hustler." In 1984, he worked with Cooder on the soundtrack for the film Streets of Fire. He also played harmonica off camera for the 1986 film Crossroads, and over the opening credits of the first eight seasons of the landmark TV show Roseanne. He recorded his song “Old Man” for 1990’s L.A. Ya Ya, a Dusty Wakeman-produced compilation of L.A. blues/R&B stalwarts (Billy Bremner, Eddie Baytos, King Cotton, Chuck E. Weiss, Jimmie Wood) for HighTone Records that became a cult favorite. His debut album The Chill was released in 1995 by Razor & Tie. That was followed, on his own Mocombo Records label, by Juke Rhythm (1998); a live album with Doug MacLeod, Live as It Gets (1999); The Truth Will Rock You (2005); and an edgy collaboration with Rick Holmstrom and Stephen Hodges, Twist-O-Lettz (2010). Until 2000, Logan co-hosted a Los Angeles-based weekly radio program, The Friday Night Blues Revue, with Ellen Bloom. www.mocomborecords.com
About Esophageal Cancer:
Esophageal cancer is a tumor that begins to grow in the lining of the esophagus (the muscular tube through which food passes from the throat to the stomach), and then can grow through the wall of the esophagus. If the tumor grows through the esophageal wall, it can then spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system.