A few years ago, after a memorial service for local singer-songwriter John Bassette, local musician Charlie Wiener took it upon himself to start a regular tribute series for local musicians while they’re still alive.
Dubbed In Celebration Of, A Tribute, the series has already acknowledged local acts such as Alex Bevan, Pat Dailey, Michael Stanley and Carlos Jones.
Now, the series turns its attention to members of the Numbers Band
and will honor Robert Kidney, Jack Kidney and Terry Hynde with a gala concert that takes place at 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Beachland Ballroom
“It is an opportunity for the peers of the honorees to show their love, appreciation and acknowledgement of a lifetime of giving and creativity of these artists,” says Wiener in a press release. “Musicians have always stepped to the fore when one of their own in in need, sick, dying or dead to show how much that person or persons meant to them this is an opportunity to show them what they have meant to the community, friends, fans and other artists while they are alive an well and can appreciate the sentiment. It is a big hug and thank you for sharing talent, writing, vision and inspiration.”
The concert will be a benefit, and all proceeds go to between Purple Heart Homes NEO, who renovate homes for veterans, and Cleveland Rocks-Past, Present and Future, the non-profit that archives the musical history of Northeast Ohio.
“It is an evening of love, thanks and brilliant music,” says Wiener. “All performers bring their A+ game as they wish to honor a lifetime of achievement.”
Acts on Sunday’s bill include Bill Lestock, Michael Stacey, Alex Bevan, Carlos Jones, Jim Ballard, Rachel Brown, Chris Butler and Harvey Gold, Jon Mosey, Tony Maimone, and Scott Krauss and Friends. The group Tiny Alice will reunite for the event.
All the musicians who participate will pick a couple songs by the honoree and interpret them in their own way. The concert will be recorded and filmed by CSU students. Tickets are $20.