Community comes together as soul diva battles cancer
An all-star cast of blues, soul and R&B artists will come together for a “Love for Linda” benefit for Portland soul diva Linda Hornbuckle at Jimmy Mak’s, on Sunday, Nov. 11.
Hornbuckle, recently diagnosed with kidney cancer, has taken a sabbatical from work and her band while she undergoes treatment.
LaRhonda Steele, Andy Stokes, Patrick Lamb, Lloyd Jones, DK Stewart, Sonny Hessm, NW Women in R&B, Janice Scroggins, Lisa Mann, Norman Sylvester, and other special guests, are lined up to perform . There will be two shows, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets for each show are $25 in advance and are available online at tickettomato.com.
Hornbuckle’s powerful band, Doug Lewis on guitar, Randy Monroe on bass, Lenn Russell on drums and Louis Pain on keyboards, continues while she begins her cancer treatment, backing such guest vocalists as Andy Stokes and LaRhonda Steel. The band will back several guest stars at the “Love for Linda” benefit.
More details on the Nov. 11 lineup will follow closer to the event.
Hornbuckle started singing at the age of six in Portland’s Grace & Truth Pentecostal Church, a congregation pastured by her father, Bishop Howard Hornbuckle. Linda has thrilled audiences in the Pacific Northwest, Europe, and Canada and across the U.S.
She has toured and recorded with national recording artists Quarterflash, Nu-Shooz, and Dan Reed. She later became lead vocalist for the high profile Motown revue, Body & Soul and in 1992 became the driving force for the blues act Linda Hornbuckle & the No DeLay Band.
In recent years, she has performed regularly and recorded in a duo with award-winning pianist Janice Scroggins, as well as with the Linda Hornbuckle Band, firmly establishing herself as The Northwest’s #1 soul sister. She has performed at scores of benefits for causes and issues, most recently Brian Grant’s “Shake It ’til We Make It” Parkinson’s fundraiser.
By day, Hornbuckle is a Community Health Specialist for The Multnomah County Health Department, working with teens about health issues that affect them, such as HIV, sexually transmitted disease and teen pregnancy.
Proceeds from the “Love for Linda” benefit are being administered in Hornbuckle’s behalf by the Cascade Blues Association, a 501 C3 non-profit. Tickets to the event are tax deductible. Those unable to attend can make direct contributions to the Cascade Blues Association, attention “Love for Linda”, at PO Box 14493, Portland OR 97214; or can make a donation to the Linda Hornbuckle Emergency Relief Fund at On Point Community Credit Union.
For more information, visit jimmymaks.com or call 503-295-6542.