2017 Annual Pat Ramsey Memorial Benefit Date Announcement

This will be the 9th year of this event benefiting Big Bend Hospice in Pat's honor. Pat Ramsey was a well-known and loved person, musician & blues singer around the globe. Pat passed away on Nov. 17, 2008 but his music lives on and he is remembered in the hearts of his family, friends and fans. This annual gathering brings together all of these people for a celebration like no other in Florida.

Music will be held on the inside stage and outside stage under the Mossy Oaks - and around the bonfire into the night. Come hear the blues, jazz, funk, bluegrass and Americana and spend time with the best of the Big Bend area, and beyond, musicians. This is a day of real music made by real people in a real place in northern Florida.

RVs welcome - make it weekend stay. Save the date & we'll see you at the gate!

We would like to cordially invite you to participate in this year's 9th Annual Big Bend Hospice benefit in memory of Pat Ramsey on Saturday, October 28, at the Bradfordville Blues Club located at 7152 Moses Lane, Tallahassee, FL.

Proceeds will be used to support patients and families as they face the difficult challenges that come from dealing with a life limiting illness. Your support for this event will provide additional funding to support essential programs like music therapy, children's bereavement, emergency care and patient support.

We look forward to having you join us this year as a sponsor as you enjoy a day of fun for a great cause. As always, we will have three stages with great bands, inside and outside of the club. There will be raffle drawings with prizes awarded, 50/50 drawings, a silent auction, food vendors and a live radio broadcast from 106.1 "The Sound", and Gulf 104.1 FM.

We are in need of items for our silent auction and raffle drawing. If you would like to become a sponsor, or donate an auction item, please contact Debbi Ramsey, event coordinator.

Come join the fun and support a great cause at the Big Bend Hospice benefit in memory of Pat Ramsey.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Bradfordville Blues Club
7152 Moses Lane, Tallahassee, FL 32309

Pat Ramsey Biography

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1953, Pat Ramsey began playing the harmonica at the age of 17. After a couple of years honing his chops while hitchhiking around the US, Pat joined the Bunny Brooks Band in Denver (an offshoot of the 60's band, Jam Factory) in 1973.

In 1978, he impressed Rick Derringer, who told Johnny Winter of this "long haired kid in Denver" who played a mean harp! Johnny liked what he heard so much that he hired Pat to play all the harp parts on the album "White Hot and Blue".

In late 1978, Pat met Butch Trucks of Allman Brothers fame. After a couple of sizzling jams in Colorado with Butch and his band, Trucks, Pat signed on, and made the long move to Tallahassee, Florida. When the Allman Brothers Band reunited in 1979, Butch disbanded Trucks and introduced Pat to a local Tallahassee band called Crosscut Saw.

Julien Kasper, a seventeen year old guitar prodigy and Pat became partners and the band quickly thinned from seven to four when they decided to take the band on the road. In the next five years, Pat and Crosscut Saw played every Juke Joint and Roadhouse from Key West to Connecticut. They opened for B.B. King (twice), Johnny Winter, Johnny Van Zandt, .38 Special, Bobby Bland, The Nighthawks, and others. Before disbanding, Crosscut Saw released their album "Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know". Crosscut Saw's annual reunions are still one of Tallahassee's top draws!

In 1985, the Pat Ramsey Band was formed when Julien opted to study Jazz at the graduate level. They opened for many notables as well, including a seven-city tour of Florida (in 1987) with his old friend Johnny Winter.

Pat moved to Sarasota, Florida, in 1991, to play with his friend from the Freddie King band, guitarist Greg Poulos. The Poulos-Ramsey Band was born. Within months they were opening for acts like Charlie Musselwhite, Solomon Burke, Albert Collins, Ronnie Earl, James Cotton, and Pinetop Perkins. Jerry Wexler hailed them as "Sarasota's ONLY Blues Band"! Two years later, they were ready to make the jump to Memphis, TN. Alas, while Pat was busy scouting gigs in Memphis, tragedy struck Greg's family in Florida, bringing a premature end to this endeavor.

A new face in a new city, Pat began dealing craps in a casino on the muddy Mississippi River, an hour south of Memphis. Jamming on Beale Street on his days off, Pat was quickly accepted by local musicians and was hired to play at "Blues City Cafe" as part of the house band. Living out of a trailer in a nearby fish camp, Pat scrimped and saved for the next two years.

With the help of his old friend Julien Kasper (now PROFESSOR Julien Kasper at Berklee College of Music, Boston) and some of the best local Memphis musicians, Pat produced the aptly titled CD "Its About Time". The CD received very strong reviews and Pat began touring once again. Pat's stellar live performances with The Blues Disciples produced the live CD's, "Live at the Grand", and "Live at the Big Bend Blues Bash" and the posthumously released "Live in Key West".

Pat passed away on Nov. 17, 2008 but his music lives on and he is remembered in the hearts of his family, friends and fans.

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