Eric Robertson Tribute Shows This Weekend

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Until his death from cancer in December 2007 at the age of 56, singer-songwriter Eric Robertson was a longtime fixture in the Mentor music scene, best known for his long-running band the Secret.

The Secret's first lineup, from 1980-1985, included former Raspberries Wally Bryson on guitar and Dave Smalley on bass, and attempted, in their poppy, British-invasion-dominated repertoire, to recreate some of the magic of the Mentor rock scene of the ’60s that Bryson and Smalley were part of.

Later lineups featured many of Robertson’s own tunes. Early last year, some of Robertson’s friends got together for a tribute and benefit show at the Beachland.

This weekend, they’re doing it again, gathering a batch of musicians who knew or admired Robertson for a two-night tribute at the Beachland.

On Saturday, the lineup includes the Secret Friends, John Salamon, the Alan Greene Band, Morticia’s Chair, Jimmy Black & Friends, Donny Young and a veteran of the ’60s rock scene, Denny Carlton.

Sunday’s show features Artie Peeler Production, Fire Zuave, the Brickhouse Blues Band, Raygus, Euphoria and Dickens’ Store.

Both shows start at 7:30; admission is $12 per night or $20 for both nights. —Anastasia Pantsios

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