North Carolina musician Jan Johansson needs a heart transplant, and in the meantime, he’s been living with a heart pump. Jan, who has mastered the guitar, fiddle, and mandolin, is fortunate to have health coverage through is wife’s employer, but with the cost of a transplant totaling about $750,000, his family is seeking help to help defray medical expenses and lost income.
So the good folks at Pinecone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, are sponsoring a benefit concert for Jan from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Bond Park Amphitheater.
The lineup includes: Kruger Brothers; Al Batten & the Bluegrass Reunion; String Machine; Kickin Grass; Hank Bowman and Lin Petersonand a grand finale with Jan and Friends, including Carolina Junction; Julie Elkins; Danny Gotham; Joe Newberry; John Wade; Lindsey Tims; Jerry Stuart and John Teer.
The performers and event organizers are donating their time and talents to raise money and show support and appreciation for all that Jan and his wife have done for the music community. Jan is a music instructor, but because of his health problems, he has not been able to offer as many lessons. All donations from Sundays show will go directly to the National Foundation for Transplants to help Jan and Theresa.
You can read more about Jan and Sunday’s concert here. If you are unable to attend and feel compelled to help, there’s also info on how you can make a donation.