Staples rockers who hit it big plan reunion concert
Published 1:22 pm, Monday, April 2, 2012
Six rock musicians who graduated from Staples High School together in 1971 -- including three who hit it big in the music industry -- plan a reunion concert to benefit at-risk children and a food pantry.
The show is slated from 8 to 11 p.m., and proceeds will benefit will benefit the Monroe food pantry and Covenant to Care for Children. Sponsors asked that those attending bring a non-perishable food item.
Karp recorded with the Buddy Miles Band while still a teenager and toured internationally with Jimi Hendrix, according to a news release about the reunion. He has written songs for Joan Jett and Aerosmith, among others, according to the release, and is an Emmy Award-winning producer of music for sports networks, documentaries and feature films.
Keane is an award-winning composer and producer who began his career as a jazz guitarist touring internationally with Larry Coryell, according to the release. He has produced recordings for artists as diverse as Pete Seeger, Linda Ronstadt and the London Symphony Orchestra. Keane has scored more than 350 films, including all of Ric Burns' documentaries for PBS. He has won 44 Emmy Awards, a Grammy and an Academy Award, according to his web site.
Mugrage is a songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who toured nationally as lead guitarist with the band Orleans, according to the release. He has collaborated with Ronnie Spector, Bruce Hornsby, James Brown and Felix Cavaliere and has written songs for Smokey Robinson and Chaka Khan. His TV and film credits include HBO, Showtime, MSG and ESPN.
The event is BYOB, and tickets are $10 at the door. Coffee, dessert and soft drinks will be for sale.