Corey Osborn Beale Street Note Ceremony and Benefit Show For Ruby Wilson
On Tuesday, April 21, at 5:30 pm the brass note honoring Corey Osborn will be dedicated in Beale Street’s walk of fame. The dedication will take place in front of The Tap Room at 168 Beale.
Corey Osborn (1985-2008) was a guitar prodigy who began playing at age 11. Osborn and his band entered the International Blues Challenge at age 15 and was a regular performer at B. B. King’s at age 16. Osborn went on the play clubs and festivals around the US including the Knitting Factory. His promising career was cut short by his untimely death at age 23 in November of 2008 in an automobile accident.
Following Brass Note ceremony the Corey Osborn Let the Music Play Fund will have a benefit concert for Ruby Wilson.
On January 1, the Queen of Beale Street, Ruby Wilson suffered a stroke. She is recovering well, and we have every hope that she will be singing again in a few months. In the meantime, she is having a very difficult time financially. The organizers of the Corey Osborn Let the Music Play Fund are presenting a concert tonight at B.B. King’s on Beale Street. Come on out and see some great music. Festivities start around 7:30pm.
• An amazing roster of the generous Memphis entertainment community appearing, including:
Bobby “Blue” Bland
The Beale Street Flippers
Brian “Breeze” Cayolle
The Kattawar Brothers
Jason D. Williams
…and more to come!
• A raffle for a 65-carat (!!!) ruby, generously donated by Mednikow Jewelers, and other cool items
• A limited-edition CD — “The Best of Ruby Wilson” — on sale that night and available for Ruby to autograph
As much as this event will honor Ruby, it will also pay tribute to the brilliant young guitarist Corey Osborn, who died in a car accident in November. His parents have created a fund to assist Memphis musicians in times of need, and Ruby will be one of the primary recipients of the money raised on April 21.
Please join us tonight for a great night, and bring all your friends. Tickets are $20 at the door, or you can purchase them on Ticketweb.com
If you cannot attend this event, you can still help Ruby by sending a donation to:
Ms. Ruby Wilson
c/o Resource Entertainment Group
153 Monroe Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103