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A tribute to Little Juke

If you are a blues fan, you probably remember local guitar legend Joseph "Little Juke" Budris, whose stylish work backed artists such as Rock Bottom, Diamond Teeth Mary, Paul Wilborn and the Pop Tarts and many others. Budris died Sept. 30 at the age of 45, but his blues friends are determined that he not be forgotten.

This weekend, musicians on both sides of the bay will gather for two concerts in tribute to Juke's talents and to benefit a local charity he supported.

On Sunday, Rock Bottom and friends will Jam for Juke at Skipper's Smokehouse from 4-9 p.m. The $3 admission will benefit the Children's Haven and Adult Community Service of Sarasota. On Monday, St. Petersburg singer/songwriter Shana hosts an open-mike tribute to the guitarist at the Cockney Rebel, 1492 Fourth St. N in St. Petersburg. Patrons can see the video documentary of Diamond Teeth Mary, which features Little Juke and the Kingsnake Band.

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