About 60 people hunkered down in the upstairs portion of the Taphouse to catch Scott off guard. "She was just unbelievable," Mallonee said. "She had no idea. She thought she was coming there to eat soft-shelled crabs ... I thought the turnout was really good."
Scott has helped to draw national attention to the
Members of Scott's own band The Housewreckers were part of the Taphouse tribute as were many of the 757 Allstars band. Also, Jeff Maisey, editor of Veer magazine, and blues singer Bobby "BlackHat" Walters were spotted in the crowd.
Mallonee said she wanted to honor Scott for her relentless work promoting blues music. "Also, the way that she reaches kids. She's so deep in working with children, it's a wonderful part of her."
Mallonee's boyfriend, Chuck Williams, plays sax in Scott's band The Housewreckers.
Many of her bandmates got on the microphone to tease Scott in the "roasting" part of Wednesday's event, Mallonee said. In all about eight people took good-natured pot shots at the singer.
Mostly, though, love was in the air.
"Jackie is such a soft-hearted person," Mallonee said. "She doesn't like to let everybody know that, but she did last night."
Scott said she loved the tribute.