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Benefit for Tag: Next Tag Graves benefit scheduled for Nov. 6

October 26, 2011
By MELISSA SCHNEIDER - Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Another benefit for local ailing musician Tag Graves, who has recently fallen ill to Stage 4 liver cancer, has been scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 6, from 2 p.m. to close at Valerie's Lounge in the Indian Creek Shopping Plaza, 17264 San Carlos Blvd.

Like the past two very successful benefits, live and local music will reign all day long. So far, those expected to rock this fund-raiser right include 10,000 Views, The Vegas Deathrays, The Local Volunteers, Daizy Chain and Steve "The Lucky Dog" Lutke.

It's still early, and other bands are expected to join the list of amazing talent to see that day during the heart-warming benefit.

Along with all of this great music, expect plenty of raffles, prizes, 50/50s, more Tag Graves Benefit T-shirts (they sell out faster than hotcakes), and so much more.

Any help of any kind that can be offered for Tag and his benefit army would be greatly appreciated. If interested in donating an item to the all-day raffles at Val's Lounge or "if anyone wants to do anything, I will do it for Tag," benefit co-organizer Stet Howland said, call 822-9956.

"Whether you've got a dollar or a hundred, we're thankful for anything if you've got nothing, bring your love. Hope to see you there."

A little about Tag

Born and raised in the deep south of Louisiana, Tag Graves is an accomplished musician, songwriter, mentor and good friend to many throughout Southwest Florida and the rest of the country.

On lead guitar and talk box, Tag has had music in his blood since he was born. Son of great rhythm guitarist Red Graves, (who played on the original recording of "Hey, Good Lookin'" with Hank Williams), Tag spent his younger years playing music with his brothers, appearing on numerous TV and radio shows, and touring around the world.

In 1974, he and his brothers joined with Leon Russell for what would be a pivotal time in his career. Because of this five-year union, Tag has been afforded the privilege of playing with such musical greats as Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Brooks and Dunn and Charlie Daniels, just to name a few.

For the last 10 years, Tag has lived on Fort Myers Beach, playing with countless local musicians, as well as toured all over the United States and beyond.



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