by Robert Bell
YVETTE 'BABYGIRL' PREYER BENEFIT
7 p.m. Revolution. $10.
You've got to hand it to musicians in Central Arkansas. If one of their friends or colleagues needs a hand, they're willing to step up. Ditto for Chris King and Suzon Awbrey of Stickyz and Revolution, as well as several other venue owners in the area. They've hosted numerous benefits over the years, which have no doubt helped folks who've experienced misfortune.
Yvette "Babygirl" Preyer is an Arkansas native who studied music at Philander Smith College and the University of Arkansas. She's a badass drummer who's played with a ton of notable artists, including Isaac Hayes, Luther Allison, Rufus Thomas, The Bar-Kays and Michael McDonald, whose band she's played in for some time.
Preyer recently suffered a non-life-threatening illness that required two serious surgeries and three to six months of recuperation. We all know how expensive it can be to get sick here in the United States. Even if you have good insurance, not being able to work can put a strain on your finances. So a bunch of folks have come together to help Preyer with some of those expenses.
This show will include performances from Nicky Parrish, Ramona Smith, Julia Buckingham Group, Gerald Johnson, Butterfly, Tonya Leeks, Darrill "Harp" Edwards and more.