Top Amarillo musicians teaming for annual concert to raise funds for, awareness of prostate cancer

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Insufficient Funds will perform at Friends of Fogelberg on Thursday.
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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

A bevy of Amarillo's most seasoned, popular musicians will team again for the seventh Friends of Fogelberg concert Thursday.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St. General-admission tickets are $20, which benefits prostate cancer testing and research through the Harrington Cancer and Health Foundation.

An all-star lineup of Amarillo musicians will include Anderson, Flesher & Key, Irma-Esther Borup, Charlie Clinton, Joe Ed Coffman, James Davis, Mike Fuller, Gary Guinn, Bob Hopkins, Insufficient Funds, Ken Ivey, Tony Naples, Maggie Scales, Nick Scales, Buddy Squyres, Russell Steadman, Bond Jessup Thompson, Randy Tupin, Cathleen Tyson and Robert Workman. Host is Dr. Richard Kibbey. 

Coffman began the concerts in 2008 as a way to commemorate his musical hero, Fogelberg, a popular singer-songwriter known for hits like "Longer," "Leader of the Band" and more. He died in 2007 of prostate cancer.

"We thought it was going to be just one concert, and then lo and behold, it was such a success that we did it biannually for two more years and here we are at No. 7," Coffman said Friday during an FM90 interview. 

This year's concert also will pay tribute to the late Glenn Frey, a contemporary of Fogelberg's and a founding member of The Eagles.

"A lot of folks don't know that Dan Fogelberg was out there with all these guys as they were coming up in the early '70s — Linda Rondstadt was in the circle, just a lot of fantastic musicians," Coffman said.

In addition to the concert, organizers will hold a free prostate cancer screening from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 10 at 24 Hours in the Canyon Cancer Survivorship Center, 4514 Cornell St. 

"If you let prostate cancer get ahold of you, it can sure put you in the ground," Coffman said.

For more on the concert, check out the audio of Coffman's interview with FM90's David Lovejoy:

Joe Ed Coffman interview, 8/26/16

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Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at Chip.Chandler@actx.edu, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and at www.facebook.com/chipchandlerwriter on Facebook.

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