Bonnie Raitt Performs at Concert for Marty Grebb

Bonnie Raitt at Benefit for Marty Grebb - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

Bonnie Raitt at Benefit for Marty Grebb – Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

By DONNA BALANCIA — Who says Rock ‘n Roll doesn’t have a heart?

Bonnie Raitt, Leon Russell, Ivan Neville and a select group of famous band musicians raised spirits — and cash — for their pal Marty Grebb, who is battling cancer.

Some of the finest ’70s and ’80s players — many, appropriately enough, from the heartland — jammed to raise money for Grebb at the Canyon Club, before about 450 concert-goers who paid upwards of $100 a ticket to attend the benefit.

Grebb, Raitt’s longtime band member — who has played with everyone from Eric Clapton to J.J. Cale — said he was overwhelmed by the joy and generosity in the room.

There were people there he hadn’t seen in years, and who came from the East Coast and heartland cities like Detroit and Chicago to see him.

“I’m overwhelmed,” Grebb said. “And I want to thank every one of you. Let’s play some music!”


The performances during the night were top rate and the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills proved it’s great venue to see a show.  Its acoustics are enhanced by the cozy wood-and-plush couches and chairs and the carpeted floors and velvet curtains.

Grebb kicked off the night with several tunes including a beautiful version of  “Come Rain or Come Shine.”  His pep and vigor was in full swing, though he admitted he does have to rest between his performances.


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