Bernie Worrell’s former bandmates George Clinton and Bootsy Collins, as well as Living Colour, Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads and Fred Schneider of The B-52’s, will be among the musicians appearing at a benefit for Worrell, April 4 at Webster Hall in New York.
Meryl Streep and Rick Springfield (who both appeared with Worrell in the 2015 movie “Ricki and the Flash”), Questlove of The Roots, saxophonist Maceo Parker, Leo Nocentelli of The Meters, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash of Labelle, and Paul Shaffer will also be among the participants in the benefit, which is titled “All the Woo in the World: An All-Star Celebration of Bernie Worrell,” and will raise money for Worrell’s battle with lung and prostate cancer.
A Long Branch native who grew up in Plainfield and has lived in New Jersey for most of his life, Worrell, 71, is best known for his groundbreaking synthesizer playing in Clinton’s Parliament and Funkadelic groups, and also toured and recorded with Talking Heads in the ’80s. In recent years, he has focused on his own music, which he has played with the Bernie Worrell Orchestra and other ensembles.
The benefit was organized by Hendryx in conjunction with the Black Rock Coalition and Sweet Relief organizations. For more information, visit blackrockcoalition.org.