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Posted: November 29, 2008 9:50 p.m.
Updated: November 30, 2008 4:55 a.m.

A benefit concert for the family of Jimmy Carl Black, original drummer for Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, will be staged from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Thousand Trails Campground, 4700 Crown Valley Road in Acton.

Black, of Cheyenne heritage and famous for the line, "Hi, boys and girls, my name is Jimmy Carl Black and I'm the Indian of the group," died Nov. 1 of lung cancer at the age of 70.

A 50-year veteran of the music business, Black toured and recorded with a large number of artists, most famously the Mothers of Invention during the middle-to-late 1960s.

He also fronted his own band, Geronimo Black, was a member of other groups including The Grandmothers and The Muffin Men, toured the U.S. and Europe, and ran his own record label in the 1990s.

Musical guests connected to the Mothers of Invention including Don Preston and other original Mothers will attend the benefit concert, as well as the New Geronimo Black, Tom Leavey, Benny Walley and others.

Several bands will play live music.

The event also includes horseback rides and a silent auction.

Expected donations are $20 a person, $30 a couple and $35 per family of four. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free. All proceeds will go the Black family.


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