A few days before Christmas, Marietta local, Mikie Webb, had his brakes go out on his motorbike, sending him through a traffic light and into oncoming traffic. Luckily, Mikie made it out with no head trauma, but racked up quite the significant hospital bill. Former soldier and current artist at Memorial Tattoo, Mikie walking up to you in your friendly neighborhood pub might scare the pants off ya, but you would quickly find yourself charmed by a friendly guy who loves talking to new people and breezing past stereotypes. It’s no surprise, then, that as soon as the word got out that Mikie had been hurt, support came quickly for him and girlfriend Pippin Sheehan.
Two Marietta musicians, Travis Cottle and Dustin Barclay, met Mikie through a situation that I’m guessing was not too different than the one above and once hearing about the accident, arranged a benefit concert in record time. Within a few days a lineup had been established and Johnnie MacCracken’s had offered their new non-smoking side up as a venue for the event.
Dustin Barclay, who plays weekly at MacCracken’s, played the first set. This guy sings like Freddie Mercury and Jeff Buckley had a baby and raised it on cornbread and whiskey from the bottle. His original music has a folk rock foundation with clear, catchy melodies and he isn’t afraid to tackle unexpectedly fun cover songs like Sisqo’s The Thong Song.
Blair Crimmins and the Hookers also played a set for the show. Travis Cottle, their trusty trombone player, is a Marietta local and helped organize the night’s events. The Hookers play New Orleans ragtime and jazz like they casually stepped out of the 20’s and into today’s music scene without batting an eye. And get this- they play mostly original music. In a shameless plug for my place of work, I have to mention that they’ll be playing at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre this year as part of the music series.
I had the pleasure of attending that show last week. The place was packed and the donation jar was filled by the time I got there. Even though the show was a few days after Christmas, it topped the whole rest of December as the best example of holiday spirit I have seen this year: a group of musicians and a community of people coming out to support a friend in need.
(You can still donate help out Mikie Webb by clicking here!)