CHAMPAIGN — The Prairie Crossroads Blues Society and other groups will host a fundraiser Sunday to raise money to help pay for singer Carolyn Johnson's funeral expenses.
The longtime vocalist for the The Painkillers died June 12, at age 59, from cancer. The Painkillers, Prairie Crossroads and the local blues community planned the fundraiser/celebration of life to help Ms. Johnson's family with her funeral expenses.
The event will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Memphis on Main, 55 E. Main St., C.
The musicians performing will include The Painkillers, Kilborn Alley, The Sugar Prophets, The Impalas and Matt and Tom Turino with fiddler Claire Johnson.
Ms. Johnson grew up in a large family with several brothers and sisters, among them the well-known local activist John Lee Johnson, who died in 2006. She also had a large family of her own, with six children and 18 grandchildren.
"Carolyn had a big heart and a great sense of humor," said David Adcock of The Painkillers. "She will be greatly missed, not only by The Painkillers but also by all of her family, friends and Champaign-Urbana blues lovers."
A minimum donation, likely $10, will be asked for admission. Local restaurants are donating food for purchase, and businesses have donated raffle items. All proceeds will go directly to Ms. Johnson's family.
For more information, go to prairiecrossroadsblues.org/event.html.