The Jefferson County Humane Society will host its first benefit concert from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at Harbor Oaks Country Club in Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park.
The concert will feature 2011 Mississippi Blues Hall of Fame inductee Jerry McCoy and The Hammers, as well as, The Chaps, a musical group that had its origin in Arkadelphia at Ouachita College in 1961.
McCoy spent 15 years in Nashville playing a house gig at the world famous Starlite Club — the oldest continuously running club in Nashville. He returned home to Star City in 2002 when his elderly parents fell ill. McCoy said it was during that time that The Hammers was formed and has evolved over the last few years into the present line-up — Ben Thomas on bass, Steve Clampit on drums, Chester Huntsman on lead vocals, and McCoy on guitar.
The Chaps’ home base for most of their years, except when they were on the road, was in Pine Bluff, and the group continued playing with varying personnel through the mid-1970s. The group’s original name was The Chapelles until 1966, when they signed with Stan Lewis’s Paula Records label out of Shreveport, La., and shortened their name to The Chaps. The Chaps is a five-piece group consisting of Don Bochette (vocals, rhythm guitar, mandolin and harmonica), Stueart Matlock (vocals and keyboards), Jim Woodfield (vocals, lead guitar, dobro and harmonica), Mac Heird (bass guitar), and Doug Fulmer (drums and other percussion).
Admission to the event is $10.