On Friday (July 20), numerous artists will join together to celebrate Soul legend Curtis Mayfield.
“Here But I’m Gone: A 70th Birthday Tribute to Curtis Mayfield” will take place at New York’s Lincoln Center, and will feature contributions from The Roots, Aloe Blacc, Sinead O’Connor, Mavis Staples, and Mayfield’s band the Impressions.
RollingStone.com reports that the event will cover Mayfield’s catalog, which includes the Super Fly soundtrack, and songs such as “People Get Ready” and “The Makings of You.”
“We’d listen to the Impressions 24 hours a day, the entire catalog,” says Binky Griptite, who leads Sharon Jones’ backing band, the Dap-Kings. “Those records are just solid tens across the board – incredible songwriting, incredible vocal and band performances. The arrangements are incredible, the recordings are incredible. There’s no weakness.”
Proceeds from “Here But I’m Gone” will benefit the Curtis Mayfield Foundation, which will establish scholarships in the singer’s name for Tri-Cities High School in Atlanta.