FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2023
Jerry Lee Lewis Monument Benefit Concert & Silent Auction To Be Held on June 24 at Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe & Honky Tonk
Memphis, TN — Mrs. Jerry Lee (Judith) Lewis is pleased to announce the Jerry Lee Lewis Monument Benefit Concert and Silent Auction, which will be held at Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe & Honky Tonk in Memphis, Tennessee on June 24, 2023, from 6pm to 11pm. The event is being held to fulfill her late husband’s wish for a monument on his grave.
The concert will feature Jerry Lee’s touring band, the Memphis Beats, which includes bandleader and guitarist Kenny Lovelace, bassist Ray Gann, and drummer Kenny Aronoff. In addition, attendees can expect to see performances by Jacob Tolliver, Jared Freiburg, a surprise special guest, and other renowned pianists. It will be a night filled with great music and entertainment, all for a historical cause.
In addition to the concert, there will be a silent auction of rare and unique memorabilia from Lewis’ personal collection with all proceeds going towards the Jerry Lee Lewis Monument Fund. The fund is dedicated to creating a lasting tribute to the rock and roll icon, who has inspired generations of musicians and music lovers around the world. Premier auction items include Lewis’ favorite vehicle – his “Big Red” Ford F-150, his iconic show jackets, his original 1957 contract with Sun Records, his Baldwin baby grand piano, his record collection, his mink coat and scarf, and more! Tickets will be required for entry into the auction house.
The monument, hand-selected by Lewis himself from the Natchez Monument Company, will have a grand piano etched onto it and feature a button-enabled recording of him singing his virtuosic “(Don’t Put) No Headstone on My Grave.” Judith, widely regarded by the fans as “Mrs. Killer” said, “Our ‘Killer’ gave his all to his fans. Now we need to give our all and get him the monument he wanted!”
“We are thrilled to host this special event to honor Jerry Lee Lewis and his incredible legacy, and hope that the concert and silent auction will bring fans together to raise funds for the creation of a monument that will pay tribute to one of the greatest musicians of all time,” said Aidan Hart, director of the event.
Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis invites all fans and supporters of Jerry Lee’s legacy to join her in honoring his memory and fulfilling his final wish. Tickets for the event will be available for purchase online at www.jerryleelewismemphis.com/benefit beginning May 15th for 24-hour presale pricing (starting at $125 for galley seating) and at the door on the night of the event.
About Jerry Lee Lewis’ Café & Honky Tonk
Jerry Lee Lewis built his name in Memphis and now he showcases the best Delta musicians. Located on World Famous Beale Street in the heart of downtown Memphis, Jerry Lee Lewis Café & Honky Tonk is filled with The Killer’s piano, motorcycle, photos, and memorabilia, along with great food and live music. It’s walking distance from the Fedex Forum, making it the prime location to stop and eat before the big game or concert. We open early and stay open late, catering to both tourists and party animals alike.
About Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis was born on September 29th, 1935, in Ferriday, Louisiana. He began playing the piano at age 8, copying the styles of preachers and black musicians. He signed with Sun Records in 1956 and quickly became a star. He was inducted into the first class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Lewis passed away at his Mississippi residence surrounded by loved ones and his loving wife, Judith, on October 28, 2022.
Director, Jerry Lee Lewis Monument Benefit Concert