More than 20 performers, including Emily Strayer of the Dixie Chicks, Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, and local luminaries Charlie Sexton, Patty Griffin and Fastball, will take part in a George Reiff memorial concert set for Sunday, December 17, at Emo’s to honor the Austin bassist and producer who died of cancer earlier this year.
Tickets to the event, which begins at 5 p.m., are $25 via the venue’s box-office website. “All proceeds from the concert assist the Reiff family with outstanding medical bills,” the ticket website states.
Also taking part are Shinyribs, Ian Moore, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Cotton Mather, Band of Heathens, Jon Graham & the Fighting Cocks with William Harries Graham, Michael Fracasso, Johnny Reno, Beaver Nelson, Lisa Morales, Bonnie Whitmore, Billy Harvey, Jeremy Nail, Giulia Millanta and Michael Hall. The house band will feature keyboardists Michael Ramos and Bukka Allen, guitarist Scrappy Jud Newcomb, and drummers J.J. Johnson, Stephen Belans, Conrad Choucroun and Mark Patterson.
Billed as “a celebration of George’s rich musical legacy, performed by his friends and longtime collaborators,” the concert will focus on material Reiff recorded with the various participants and, in some cases, songs he wrote and recorded with the Dallas trio Big Loud Dog and Austin band the Troll Dolls in the early 1990s. (Full disclosure: I’m helping to coordinate some of the performances of Reiff’s original songs.)