Great local music highlights a benefit concert for Mike Rhodes scholarship fund

I want to give a special shout-out for an important benefit concert on Sunday in the Fresno community. The Mike Rhodes Social Justice Scholarship Fund will help support law students at the San Joaquin College of Law who have a special interest in defending the rights of disenfranchised groups (like the homeless), and working to increase social and economic justice.


Rhodes is a towering figure in the social-justice community and founder of the Community Alliance newspaper. He was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer earlier this year. Steve Malm, Howard Watkins and others banded together to organize the event. “We are raising money for a scholarship in Mike’s name to underscore what he has given the Valley over many selfless years,” Malm says.

In an article for the Community Alliance, Rhodes writes:

Social and economic justice is a constant struggle and by supporting this event you can help move Fresno in a better direction by ensuring that law students who have an interest in these issues can graduate and help us all defend our progressive values.

The concert is 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at Fulton 55. The all-star lineup of musicians features the Richie Blue Band, the Roger Perry Band, The Hi-Desert Ramblers, Glen Delpit and Steven M Ono. The donation is $10.

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Covering the arts online in the central San Joaquin Valley and beyond. Lover of theater, classical music, visual arts, the literary arts and all creative endeavors. Former Fresno Bee arts critic and columnist. Graduate of Columbia University and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Excited to be exploring the new world of arts journalism.

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