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For years, WPFW DJ Rick “Da Gator” Bolling has brought to his Saturday afternoon listeners the latest in Southern soul and blues. Not Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings—that’s R&B for rock fans—-and not guitar solo-filled blues rock either. We’re talking artists with church-rooted voices and lyrics about lust like Miss Jody and Carl Sims, labels like Ecko, and recent songs like “Junk in the Trunk (I Like that)” and “Slap That Booty.” The Gator has also hosted the annual Gator Days at Lamont’s in Pomonkey, Md., with national and local performers. But since late summer, according to WPFW’s Mama K, the Florida-raised Bolling has been absent from the airwaves due to medical problems that now have him in rehabilitation at Manor Care in Upper Marlboro.
In order to help Bolling with his medical expenses, Lamont’s is hosting a benefit Saturday night featuring an extensive roster of soul and blues acts, including Georgia singer Chick Willis (of “Stoop Down Baby” fame); the James Brown-influenced “Soul Brother No. 2” Lee Fields, and others, including locals like guitarist Bobby Parker and beach-music faves the Hardway Connection.
The show, featuring Chick Willis, Lee Fields, Hardway Connection, Bobby Parker, the Orioles, Memphis Gold, Jacques Johnson, Clarence “Blues Man” Turner, and others to be announced, starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at Lamont’s, 4400 Livingston Rd. (off of Indian Head Highway), Pomonkey, Md. $20. (301) 283-0225.