Benefit!

Jules Dobrowolski, performing here with son Joe, will be unable to work during chemotherapy. [Special to the Times] Local musicians will join forces a week from today to help one of their own. Jules Dobrowolski, simply known as "Jules," has been an active member of the local entertainment scene for at least eight years. "He is just the nicest guy you would ever want to meet, and he has a lot of fans throughout the Tampa Bay area that have grown to love him for his incredible songwriting, both romantic and comical," said Leigh Humes, one of the event organizers. The singer-songwriter was recently diagnosed with cancer. Dobrowolski is to start treatment and will be unable to work entertaining or at his day job, as a mortgage broker. He regularly performs at the Ka'Tiki on Sunset Beach in Treasure Island, the Whistlestop Cafe in Safety Harbor and at other local venues. National artists are reportedly considering recording some of his songs. An outpouring of artists have volunteered their talents in hopes of raising at least $2,000 to help support his family of five while he undergoes chemotherapy. Twenty independent musicians will perform a mix of original tunes, oldies, blues and rock 'n' roll in 20-minute sets from noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Ringside Cafe. The minimum $10 door charge, any donations, and proceeds from a raffle and silent auction will go to Jules. >>FAST FACTS A day of music When: noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 24 Where: Ringside Cafe, 2742 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Why: Benefit for local musician Jules, who is battling cancer. Entertainers: Barry Moses, Leigh and Steve Humes, Kathy Stafford, Goody, Jak Kelly, Stephanie Carpenter, Mike Worrall, James Hawkins and the Cold Harbor Band, Sheila Kirsten Hughes Band, Mason/Alvarez, Ronny Elliott, Roger Sullins, Tom Scudiero, Donny Simonds, Steve Vaclavik, Tommy McCoy, Jeff Blake, Doc Lovett and the Blues Punks, Barkin' Barney, Key of Life. Info: To make a donation, call Shelley at (727) 367-3592 or Leigh at (813) 629-8388.

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