Guitarist and producer Mike Gardner may forever be most renowned as one-third of the ‘80s hard-rock outfit PKM. With bassist Pee Wee Watson and drummer Kenny Soule, PKM managed a timely blend of styles. The band could meet Sunset Strip sleaze and Texas blues boogie, birthing a groove-carving cousin to Van Halen and ZZ Top, as easily as it could mine Joe Jackson’s crisp pop or Journey’s stadium rock scope. They shared stages with a motley host of headliners: among them, Bob Seger, Cheap Trick, Ozzy Osbourne, Stryper, .38 Special, R.E.M. and the B-52s.
In the decades since, Gardner stayed active in music, filling the lead guitar role in an array of bands and producing others. Despite battling Parkinson’s Disease since 2009, Gardner seems no closer to retirement. This fourth annual benefit for Gardner’s eponymous foundation collects a fittingly varied selection of acts to raise money to fight the disease. PKM will reunite, as will their hard-rock contemporaries in Wilmington-based Sidewinder. Rock of Ages will pay tribute to the big-hair era, while All My Rowdy Friends honors Hank Williams, Jr. Alt-country favorites The Backsliders set a high standard early in the evening, after Black Creek opens.
Tickets are $20—$25 for this seven-set 7 p.m. showcase on Saturday at the Lincoln Theatre.