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Bainbridge concert raises money to end slavery

Jerry Miller of the legendary Moby Grape will headline a charity concert Saturday, Sept. 22 at BPA. - Photo courtesy of BPA
Jerry Miller of the legendary Moby Grape will headline a charity concert Saturday, Sept. 22 at BPA.
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Virtuoso guitarist, songwriter, and singer Jerry Miller of legendary San Francisco 1960s group Moby Grape and three other bands will play an astounding evening of liberating music at Stone Free! The Swinging Psychedelic 60s Antislavery Show.

The concert is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at Bainbridge Performing Arts.

The musicians will pay tribute to the groundbreaking sounds of the ’60s and raise funds to help end modern-day slavery. All proceeds go to the International Justice Mission, a human-rights agency that rescues victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.

The Excellos kick off the concert with swamp blues and jump blues.

The Excellos are Jason “Muddy Shoes” Goodman, guitar and vocals, “Howlin’” Mark Hoffman, guitar and vocals, Leon “Stubtoe” Tucker, bass guitar, and Steve “Medium Walter” Mueller on the Mississippi saxophone.

The Peter Spencer Experience follows at 7 p.m.

Spencer is a gifted fingerpicking guitarist, singer/songwriter and co-founder of the Fast Folk Musician’s Cooperative in Greenwich Village, New York.

The Peter Spencer Experience also includes Caleb Spencer on drums and Steve Newton on bass guitar.

Jef Jaisun of Dr. Demento fame follows, and the concert wraps up with the Jerry Miller Band at 9 p.m.

The Jerry Miller Band includes Tom Murphy on drums and Chris Cardinal on bass; both members of the original Robert Cray Band.

Miller was a founding member of the 1960s San Francisco-band Moby Grape, and before that, he played with the Kingsmen of “Louie Louie” fame and recorded with Bobby Fuller on the first version of “I Shot the Law and the Law Won.”

He is number 68 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2003 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and Moby Grape’s first album is number 124 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Admission is $16 for adults, $8 for children under 12. Tickets are available at 206-842-8569 or

Bainbridge Island’s acclaimed Salmon Canyon Café will sell food, wine and beer at this show.

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