Playing Around: Bobby Cheatham Memorial Benefit Concert 

click to enlarge K.J. Braithwaite, Daniel Braithwaite and Steve Kurtz, aka the Nitecrawlers
  • K.J. Braithwaite, Daniel Braithwaite and Steve Kurtz, aka the Nitecrawlers

This Friday night, the Southern Colorado AIDS Project sponsors the Bobby Cheatham Benefit Concert. Teresa Bohn, the catalyst behind the event, was Bobby's aunt, friend and confidante. Separated by only six years, Bohn was more a de-facto older sister than an aunt. The two shared a love of music, and at age 12, Bohn took Bobby to his first concert -- Foreigner.

When Cheatham lost his battle with AIDS last year, Bohn took it upon herself to organize this concert as a step toward healing from the loss. It serves as a memorial to a guy she describes as "being able to light up a room with his all-encompassing smile." Beginning at 7 p.m., the show includes a diverse group of performers: The Nitecrawlers, Mountain Road Ceili Band, Joseph Spaniola, Colorado Skye Pipes and Drum, and the Jim Sokol Trio (Sokol, Phil Volan and Joe Uvegas) are some of the acts slated for the evening, which also features Irish step dancers from St. Brendan's. All proceeds will benefit people infected with or affected by AIDS, and will be administered by the Southern Colorado AIDS Project. Tickets are $30, and the reception starts at 6 p.m. with wine and hors d'oeuvres. Call 800/241-5468 or visit


-- Brandon Laney


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