As previously reported, legendary keyboardist Bernie Worrell has been diagnosed with lung cancer. An all-star roster of musicians and actors will come together for a celebration/fundraiser at Webster Hall in New York City on April 4 in support of the ailing former P-Funk and Talking Heads keyboardist.
“All The WOO In The World” A Celebration/Fundraiser for Bernie Worrell will feature Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Living Colour, Leo Nocentelli, Bill Lazwell, Jerry Harrison, Rick Springfield, Paul Shaffer and The World’s Most Dangerous Band featuring Felicia Collins & Will Lee, David Fuiczynski & Freedom Imani with Screaming Headless Torso & The WOO Warriors, Black Rock Orchestra, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash. Film star Meryl Streep and director Jonathan Demme who (along with Springfield) worked with Worrell on the film Ricki And The Flash are also on the bill.
“Bernie’s a wonderful person and wonderful musician,” Tony Pallagrosi, an adviser on the show, told Asbury Park Press. “He brought the Moog synthesizer into the world of funk.”
Webster Hall will host “All The WOO In The World” A Celebration/Fundraiser for Bernie Worrell on Monday, April 4. Tickets to the concert, including special VIP meet-and-greet passes, are currently on sale. A fundraiser benefit concert for Bernie is also planned in Seattle at the Nectar Lounge. Billed as “Honoring Bernie Worrell: The Wizard of Woo A Fundraiser to Benefit Bernie’s Fight Against Cancer,” the April 19 concert features Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme, The Staxx Brothers and Tip To Base. Tickets to that show are available here.