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A benefit for Gus Thornton

By Big Dave

Gus and LisaYou may already know how great a music town St. Louis is! It has music every night of the week, in every genre. But what really sets St. Louis apart from other music cities I've visited is the powerful feeling of 'music community' this town has. It's a really amazing sight to behold, and was powerfully evident on Sunday, March 8th, at BB's Jazz Blues and Soups.

Hundreds gathered for the Gus Thornton benefit, to show their love for one of St. Lou's most beloved musicians! I ran into Gus at this event, and asked him, 'Gus, can you tell you are loved by St. Louis?' I can tell you, Gus was amazed at the outpouring of family, friends and fellow musicians who crowded into BB's to show their support. Besides being a stellar musician, Gus is one of the kindest guys in the music world, and all the good he's done came back to him on this Sunday afternoon

Gus Thornton is a local legend who's performed with Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and so many others. A East St. Louis native who's known for long associations with blues guitarist Albert King and pianist Johnnie Johnson, Gus currently works regularly with singer Kim Massie - you can find her and Gus at the Beale on Broadway almost every Tuesday & Thursday night. Gus has a history of heart problems and recently had a new pacemaker installed, racking up some substantial medical bills while simultaneously being forced to take time off from gigging during recovery, which meant a double hit to his finances. The benefit, organized by Tom Maloney and Art Dwyer of the Soulard Blues Band, helped raise money to help with Thornton's medical and living expenses. Enjoy our photo gallery of the Gus Thornton benefit --

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