- T. Ballard Lesemann
- Art’s Bar & Grill in Mt. Pleasant
A group of local musicians and bands will come together at Suede Supper Club (816 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.) this weekend to perform a benefit called “You’ve Got a Friend” for Kent Frits, the longtime proprietor of East Cooper tavern and music venue Art’s Bar and Grill (413 Coleman Blvd.).
Singer/guitarist Joel Timmons (of Sol Driven Train, Hit or Miss) and Melissa Carr (of charitable group Helping the Underprivileged Grow) organized the event to assist Frits and his family with some massive medical bills.
In 2009, Frits’ wife Lisha began a tough battle with heart disease. Over the last two years, she suffered seizures, a major stroke, and two heart attacks,. She has almost completed the screening process for a heart transplant, but remains in serious condition. The family’s hospital bills currently total well over $500,000.
As many Charleston-based musicians know, Frits has been very supportive of local bands over the years. Art’s regularly features live local rock, blues, and party music six nights a week with no cover charge.
The lineup for You’ve Got a Friend includes Cherry Bomb, Bateman’s Stud Farm, Stained Glass Wall, Baby Fat, and Sol Driven Train — all of whom play at Art’s on a regular basis. The music starts and 2 p.m. and the party runs until 8 p.m.