A group of Minnesota musicians are banding together to help a fellow Twin Cities musician recovering from a near-fatal car crash.
On Dec. 3, 2014, Pat Mackin — a talented saxophonist who has played with the likes of Bonnie Raitt – was leaving a gig at the Minesota Music Café when a woman identified as Alexandria Clark broadsided his car.READ MORE: Rally, Celebration Being Held On What Would Have Been Daunte Wright's 21st Birthday
Just two days before the crash, Clark was in jail for driving with a revoked license. She had also previously pleaded guilty to no proof of insurance in a different accident.
Due to the crash, Mackin broke his neck, needed several surgeries and suffered a stroke after one of them, leaving the talented saxophonist and avid climber paralyzed on his right side.
Now, nearly a year after the crash, Mackin is transitioning from hospital to home. It’ll likely take him years to recover.
So, on June 20, a musical event held a Pepito’s Parkway Theater, called “The Tenderness Sessions”, will help raise money to make Mackin’s transition easier.READ MORE: Gov. Walz, Former Gov. Pawlenty To Receive COVID-19 Boosters Tuesday
“The Tenderness Sessions” will feature performances of legendary soul hits from Sam & Dave, Wilson Picket and Otis Redding. The Minnesota soul singers recreating the hits include Maurice Jacox, Willie Walker and Mike Sterling – backed by an awesome 12-piece band.
Sterling is heading the event, which he says aims to help Mackin on his long, hard road to recovery.
“The event will provide an opportunity to raise funds to assist Pat Mackin and his family, who was in a life-changing car accident,” Sterling said. “The funds raised will provide funding for home improvements to make Pat’s transition from the hospital to home easier. We’ve also designed a special t-shirt to help raise money, and band members are generously donating as well. We hope the public will follow their lead — and come out and enjoy some the best soul songs you’ve ever heard. — and danced to!”
The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the door. They are available here or at the theater, which is located at 4817 Chicago Ave. S. You can also call the theater at 612-822-3030.MORE NEWS: You Can Always Get What You Want? Mick Jagger Has 2 Juicy (Jucy) Lucys Before Concert
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