Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dickey Betts and his Great Southern Band have signed on to headline the Dan Toler ALS Support Benefit Festival on November 12th and 13th at Herschberger Ranch in Sarasota. The benefit is being held to raise funds for Tolerâ€™s battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrigâ€™s disease. Herschberger Ranch is located at Â 13010 Fruitville Road, in Sarasota.
Also scheduled to appear are legendary singer Bonnie Bramlett, the queen of blue-eyed soul, and BlackHawk (headlining on the second day), which had a string of Top 10 country hits in the 1990s including â€œEvery Once in A Whileâ€ and â€œIâ€™m Not Strong Enough to Say No.â€Â Others set to appear include â€œAmerican Idolâ€ season four runner-up Bo Bice, The Artimus Pyle Band, Sean Chambers, Wilson Williams and His Platters, Tony Tylerâ€™s newly named act Come Back Alice, the Mike Kach Group and many more. With such anÂ impressive lineup, fans can hopefully get a chance to hear such Dickey Betts signature Allman Brothers Band classics as â€œRamblinâ€™ Man,â€ â€œIn Memory of Elizabeth Reedâ€ and â€œJessica.â€
â€œDanâ€™s always taken care of everybody around him,â€ said Mark Serio, charity event co-organizer and Mike Kach Group guitarist. â€œHeâ€™s a wonderful cat who Iâ€™ve known for 30 years and I would do anything for him. â€œThis is a labor of love for all of us,â€ Serio added.
A resident of Manatee Countyâ€™s Whitfield neighborhood, â€œDangerousâ€ Dan Toler played guitar in Great Southern before Betts, a resident of Sarasota, landed him The Allman Brothers Band gig in 1979. Toler can be heard on three ABB albums, including the groupâ€™s comeback Enlightened Rogues, which reached No. 9 on the Billboard album chart.
The Brothers disbanded in 1982 and Gregg Allman (a former Manatee County resident) formed his namesake solo band with Toler and recently deceased sibling David â€œFrankieâ€ Toler on drums. Together they recorded the 1986 album, Iâ€™m No Angel, which produced the hit title track.
Toler rejoined Great Southern in 2002 and stayed for several years before leaving to pursue various other projects. He announced he had ALS in August of 2011. That same month a highly successful fund-raiser was held for Toler at Aces Live in Bradenton.
Details: Dan Toler ALS Support Benefit Festival, Nov. 12 and 13 at Herschberger Ranch, 13010 Fruitville Road, Sarasota.
Tickets: $20 (one day), $35 (two day pass), $100 (one day VIP), $150 (two day VIP), $5 for children ages 12 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (941) 228-5099 or go online at the Dan Toler official website: http://www.dantolerbenefit.myevent.com/?cp=1
Tickets will also be available at the ticket office on the days of the event.
If you cannot attend, but would like to send a donation for Danâ€™s ALS medical treatment, send it to:
Dan Toler, ALS
PO Box 1786
Tallevast, FL 34270