Big Poppa E Tribute to Raise $10,000 for a Scholarship in Honor of Late Miami Bluesman

Photo by Jacob Katel
Big Poppa E at Casa Panza on SW Eighth Street in 2009.
Big Poppa E went down to Biscayne Bay and rowed his way to the land of dead legends. R.I.P., dude.

But his fellow musicians in Miami have banded together to raise $10,000 for a student award in his name -- the Big Poppa E Music Scholarship Endowment Fund -- so that the kids of today can have an opportunity tomorrow.

DJ Le Spam, Nil Lara, Afrobeta, Iko Iko, Electric Piquete, Juke, Jay Blues Band, Omine, Suenalo, Nicole Yarling, Saana Vaarna, and Evolution are all lined up to play The Stage, in the Design District, starting at 4p.m. this Sunday. It's gonna be one awesome celebration.

We here at Crossfade caught up with six of the musicians to talk about memories of Poppa E.

See also: -Big Poppa E, Miami Bluesman, Dead at 64 After Sudden, Apparent Heart Attack
-Twelve Photos and a Conversation at Big Poppa E's Stormy Sunday Blues Brunch
-Poppa E at Casa Panza in 2009


   Sanna Vaarna (Wife, bandmate)
"Hmm the best memory? When he and I went to NYC and we performed at in New Jersey at Roxy And Duke's. Oh my god we did so much together. I played over 250 shows with him in the past 8 months. About 8 months. I met him at the Blue Piano, he was performing. I'm from Finland.  I've been here 12 years. I was walking home and I passed by Blue Piano and I got stuck at the front door, he mezmerized me. He grabbed my heart with his performance and that was it. I walked in and he said "Bartender, anything this woman wants, it's on me." I sat down and ordered a glass of wine and the band took break and we went outside and talked music. He said, "I don't care what you do, but I want you to be part of my music," and I joined the band a week later.

Eric Garcia (Juke)
"I've know him for a while and sat in with him several times...and all I got to say is:
I was always glad to see him. He was always glad to see me. He never drank or let his musicians drink on the job. He smelled like cologne...and he's the only man
on the planet other than my father that would give me a kiss when we said hello and it was in no way weird."

Location Info


The Stage

170 NE 38th St., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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hope to see a lot of people there on sunday...musicians feel free to bring what you play...either way, it is a great way to come and pay your respect and enjoy yourself at the same time.


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