The concert, “Miracle for a Maggot: Funkraiser for P-Funk Graphic Artist Pedro Bell” will feature original members of Funkadelic (to be confirmed) and the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra performing Funkadelic classics and selections from Jimi Hendrix’ Band of Gypsys concert at The Fillmore East 40 years ago. “Miracle for a Maggot,” will be hosted at Santos Party House on Saturday, January 2, at 7PM and tickets are $15. All proceeds will go to a general relief fund on Pedro Bell’s behalf. A full lineup announcement will be made in the next week.
Bell, whose subversive and psychedelic work has appeared on every Funkadelic album cover since “Cosmic Slop,” has been in extremely poor health and living a life a virtual squalor in his native Chicago. Bell has seriously considered selling off his collection in order to cover his medical and living expenses.
The BRC hopes to raise money to help offset Bell’s costs and resituate the artist in a more stable living environment for the time being. The BRC also hopes to help Bell retain his collection while helping his family develop opportunities to exploit his in-demand works.