A benefit for my friend Scottie

I wrote about my friend Scott Sansby last year in “My friend Scottie.” We have been friends since my family moved from Moorhead to St. Paul in 1958. In other words, we have been friends since the Eisenhower administration.

Scottie has an incredibly wide network of friends and admirers, but we stayed best friends through high school and have remained friends ever since. I share so many memories with Scottie I feel like they fill half my brain.

This past August he suffered a catastrophic injury and has sustained related financial burdens since then. Scottie’s family has set up a GoFundMe page for him here.

Mike Shaw owns Shaw’s Bar and Grill in northeast Minneapolis. Mike stepped forth to arrange a two-day benefit for Scottie this Saturday and Sunday. Bands will be playing inside and outside Shaw’s through the afternoon and evening on both days. The poster below provides a handy summary of the lineup and times.

A gentleman named Neal Bond created a video tribute to Scottie in support of the benefit. Neal’s video comes with this summary and appeal:

Scott Sansby is a legendary musician and entrepreneur in Minnesota. He has played drums with many influential bands and artists since the early 1970s. These include Zarathustra, Passage, The Doug Maynard Band, Joe Juliano, Mick Sterling, Scottie Miller, Paul Mayasich, Walking Wounded, Jeff Dayton, Moses Oakland, and the Lisa Wenger Band. He has truly been one of the building blocks of the Minnesota music scene.

Scott also toured and recorded with national acts like Leon Russell, D.J Rogers and Mary McCreary. His impeccable drumming, professional approach, and personable style put him on the short list of anyone looking for a great drummer or percussionist. People loved watching Scott play. You could feel the passion in his playing, and nothing fulfilled him more than helping pack a dance floor.

Please help Scott in his journey of recovery! Scott is in desperate need for funding so that he can get the help he needs to recover. His injury has an uncertain prognosis and he needs specialized care. Help us raise money to help him cover his healthcare costs and hopefully recover more movement in his limbs.

We are looking for donations for the silent auction for the May 11-12 fundraiser. You can either drop off items at Shaw’s Bar & Grill or contact us about picking up. 100% of the money we raise through donations will go to addressing his healthcare costs.

Help us help someone who has brought joy to people through over five decades of music.

Check out Neal’s video below and join us this weekend if you can.

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