Hank and Kate

Roger McKnight and Kate Everette.

Local musician and revered math teacher Hank Sinatra’s (aka Roger McKnight) kidneys are operating at about 10 percent efficiency, and he faces the battle that is diabetes on a daily basis.

McKnight’s outlook would be grim if it wasn’t for the bond that often ties musician together, as Sinatra’s band-mate Kate Everette is offering up her kidney to help keep her guitar player strumming.

Louisville singer-songwriter Leigh Ann Yost has launched a fundraising campaign to assist Everette in funding the kindney transplant operation, a campaign that includes a Hank Sinatra benefit concert August 11 at Jim Porter’s on Lexington Rd.

Yost played with Sinatra back in the 90’s before Everette teamed up with the local rocker.

A little insight from Cindy Lamb, everyone’s favorite Louisville writer:

I’ve known Roger “Hank Sinatra” Knight since I was a folk-singing Jesus freak with a 12-string Alvarez. Roger was my boyfriend and bandmate.

A southpaw with an upside down fretboard (Yes, lefties have to string their guitars in the other direction), Roger could sing damn near any song and wrote a lot of his own. After retiring as one of JCPS’s most revered math and music teachers, Roger’s been through hellish health and medical expenses in the past few years and now, his best friend and current bandmate, Kate, is giving Roger one of her kidneys.

Lots of musicians are slated to offer their time and services for the transplant cause, with Butch Rice, Justin Lewis,  The Predators, Leigh Ann Yost Band, Happy Panic some of the bands slated to play.

(Doo-Wop Shop is lending their services for sound and live production.)

Everette and Sinatra’s band R.U.O.K. are also set to perform, which may moisten a few eyes in the building.

RUOKKSinatra and Everette were recently on WHAS’ “Great Day Live.”¬†During the segment, Everette said the bond of music the two shared led her to researching the possibilities of her donating a kidney.

When she found out Sinatra had AB positive blood and she was AB negative, she knew the stars had aligned.

Everette is a primary school teacher and a mother of two, but her family endorsed her decision to rescue her six-string wielding accomplice.

Bob Marley once said, “One good thing about music is when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

If you would like to assist our music community in a great cause you can show up and boogie on Sun., Aug. 11 at Jim Porter’s starting at 5 p.m.

If you wish to help, email ASAP to MERF President Elaine at [email protected]

If you are unable to make the concert, donations to Musicians Emergency Relief Foundation are your alternative. Just make sure to earmark Hank Sinatra for your donation.

Here’s the complete event lineup, courtesy of Cindy Lamb.

Jim Porter’s – Sunday, Aug. 11


5:35 – 6:00 Happy Panic

6:10 – 6:35 When Words Fail

6:35 – 6:40 announcements

6:45 – 7:15 R.U.O.Kate

7:20 – 8:05 Johnny Doughnut

8:10 – 8:30 Leigh Ann Yost

8:40 – 9:05 Napolean and the Beats

9:15 – 9:45 Unleashed!!

9:50 – ? The Predators

Middle Room:

5:50 – 6:15 Heidi Howe

6:25 – 6:50 Gavin Caster

everyone go into main ballroom

7:30 – 7:55 Jay Goldstein

8:10 – 8:35 Butch Rice

8:45 – 9:10 Justin Lewis