Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Help a Dallas man get a new heart with fundraiser at Balcony Club on Sunday
Jazz singer Glennda Hill's son, Jarvis, is in need of a heart transplant. Every bit helps.
DALLAS Sometimes a nightclub is more than just dim lights and smoky rooms. In the case of Lakewood’s Balcony Club, it is a close-knit community that cares for its own. On Sunday evening, the Balcony will host a potluck dinner with three live music acts to benefit Jarvis Hill, son of beloved local jazz singer Glennda Hill, to help cover medical costs while he awaits a heart transplant.
The Balcony is no stranger to hard times. Last fall, owner and manager Tommy Stanco narrowly missed having to close or sell the club due to financial concerns and disruptions by the construction of a new Mi Cocina location. With that restaurant now in business and drawing additional interest to the neighborhood, numbers are slowly climbing back up, and Stanco is cautiously optimistic that the landmark club will continue to cultivate Dallas’ jazz scene.
“Things are still really hard,” Stanco said. “We’re still on the edge. But, we absolutely believe the Balcony is a cultural institution, and the community it serves is its heart. That’s our whole concept.”
As such, the Balcony often participates in fundraisers and benefits to support the community that attends the more than 70 live shows per month that it provides. Sunday’s event includes a potluck “linner” – a portmanteau of lunch and dinner – from 5 to 7:30 p.m., where guests are asked to contribute any dish of their choosing. Stanco's "Almost Famous BBQ" will be on-hand. During this time, Mustard Seed will provide music, and they will be followed by the Dave Burris Band at 8 p.m. and the Arthur Riddles Jazz Trio at 10 p.m.. Riddles – who has been playing the Balcony every Sunday evening for 19 years – is what Stanco called “an elder statesman of the community.”
Like Riddles, Glennda Hill reigns as Balcony royalty. The popular singer has been playing regular shows three or four times per month for close to five years. Her son, Jarvis, is the single father of a 7-year-old daughter named Imani. Jarvis has been in ICU for most of the last six weeks with chronic heart failure.
“The jar will be up all weekend,” Stanco said. “But Sunday will be our big stab at trying to raise some money for a family who is part of our family.”
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