Leigh “L’il Queenie” Harris, frontwoman of 1970s and early ’80s rock band Li’l Queenie and The Percolators, will be the guest of honor at a benefit concert in her name later this month.
The singer was raised in New Orleans and is currently battling Stage 4 breast cancer. To help offset medical bills and other expenses relating to her illness, a few of her musical friends have joined forces to throw her a special event.
Confirmed performers for the February 23 benefit at Chickie Wah Wah are Susan Cowsill, Brian Stoltz, Josh Paxton, Papa Mali, Lenny Zenith, Debbie Davis, Jimmy Robinson, Alexandra Scott, John Rankin, Dave Easley, Jan Clements, Leigh’s son, Alex McDonald, Holly Bendsten, A special Li’l Queenie & The Percolators set with bassist John Meunier, Paul Clement, Mark Whitaker and others TBA. Robinson, one of the organizers of L’il Queenie’s benefit, told OffBeat.com that he spoke with her very recently, “and she is hanging in there, tough as nails.”
The musicians will be playing music from her last album, Purple Heart, for which OffBeat‘s Brett Milano gave a stellar review in December 2018. Also to be performed is material from Mixed Knots’ Q Ball, classic material from the Percolators and Jazz Poetry.