The Grotto was packed on Sunday as friends of Brandi Dickey piled into the Fort Worth bar to listen to rock music, drink booze, buy raffle tickets, and raise money for medical treatments.


Proceeds go to Dickey, an Azle woman battling cancer. Please see Warriors For Brandi to learn more about her or to donate money.


BAILA 4 (300 × 250 px)

Bands for Brandi began at 3 pm, and the opening band was so remarkable that all the bar patrons might have been completely spellbound. (Disclaimer: I opened the show and, due to the bright lights in my eyes, could not really tell for sure if everyone was indeed spellbound or just really bored).


Fort Worth’s Levi Ray went on stage next and played haunting original music with a bite.

Next up was cover song specialist Big Mike, the guy with a gazillion brain cells that give him the ability to recall almost any song in an instant. It’s amazing to watch. He’s a human jukebox, and he pulled out some gems at the benefit, including a couple of Gordon Lightfoot classics. (Do jukeboxes still play Gordo? I doubt it.)

Others to perform included Grotto owner Cody Admire’s reggae-influenced band that really kicks ass (but I can’t recall their name) and Four Corners and L. Ron Hummer.

Next up on the Brandi watch: The Hold ‘Em Tournament For Hope is a poker tournament being scheduled for October at the Azle VFW Hall. More details to come.