Many of local DJ Chuck Black’s biggest fans didn’t have a chance to say goodbye when he passed away a few weeks ago, although the crowd of musicians and music lovers who counted him as a friend will spend July 14 afternoon together, sharing songs and stories to direct a few dollars toward his favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
“A bunch of us didn’t get to make it in for the services and it was just like leaving something up in the air,” said Eddie Riffe, who wrangled the “Black Sunday” benefit together from a crowd of musicians who simply wanted to be a part of the tribute, along with Callihan’s American Pub & Grill owner Tal Callihan. “Tal wanted something that would celebrate Chuck, so we decided to get together a celebrate with some music and telling Chuck stories.”
Callihan said Black was the kind of person who went out of his way to help others and who took pride in raising money for St. Jude projects.
“Chuck done everybody a lot of favors. Chuck done me a lot of favors. I think he deserves recognition for what he’s done in the community, through his own efforts and through radio,” Callihan said. “He was a genuinely nice guy who cared about people.”
Even after the afternoon’s time slots were filled, Riffe said he continued to hear from other pickers and singers who want to be a part of the show. “With all of the music we’ve got, it might go later into the evening than we expect,” Riffe said with a laugh.
The day begins at 1 p.m. with songs from Dana Romanello, a local radio veteran who happened to be visiting and volunteered to sing and play before returning to Nashville, followed by Riffe’s band Eddie & The Cougars at 1:30 p.m. The Black Sunday musicians will trade out places behind the microphone every 30 minutes, with members of Against the Grain set for an acoustic show at 2 p.m., with Tom and Brenden Wintz at 2:30 p.m.
Larry Pancake will use an acoustic guitar to accompany himstarting at 3 p.m., followed by Luna and David Prince at 3:30 p.m. and an acoustic performance by Dustin Burchett at 4 p.m. BGC Records artist Bobby Cyrus will bring the benefit tribute to a finale, starting at 4:30 p.m. TCR FM’s Cameron Blevins will serve as master of ceremonies for Black Sunday.
Callihan said there is no admission fee for the Black Sunday show, although although there will be a silent auction, T-shirts and other prizes, and donations will be accepted on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Hospital. For more information, call (606) 585-0586.