Garrie Vereen Celebration: April 10

One of our first readers and commenters was Ted Rockwell, co-founder of Everyday Companion, an online Widespread Panic setlist and information source. Ted is helping put together a celebration of the life of Widespread Panic crew member Garrie Vereen, who passed away in February. Here’s Ted with a description and details about Sunday’s event…

On February 16, 2011 we lost one of the good guys.

Garrie Vereen was much more than an equipment manager for Widespread Panic for the past 25 years. He was an ambassador for the music of Widespread Panic who was also an example and embodiment of the power of generosity and kindness. Garrie was a gentleman who had a kind heart and a quick wit, whose booming laugh made everyone feel at home no matter where they really were. Although he spent 20 years on the road with Widespread Panic he remained a true fan of Widespread Panic’s music and a guardian angel of their fans.

On Sunday, April 10 in Denver, there will be a special benefit concert with all proceeds from suggested donations and the silent auction going to the Vereen Family Trust. Sam Holt and the Very Gereen Band will play two sets of music and it’ll be a great day to get out and have a good time with your friends and family. The silent auction, in particular, will feature several very rare items including one of Michael Houser’s volume pedals used on fall tour 2001 (donated by Sam Holt), a River Run ’99 poster signed by the band during that run of shows and A LOT more.

Please join us for an afternoon of music, friendship, celebration and memories of one of the good guys.

April 10, 2011
3:00 – 7:00PM
Cervantes Other Side
2637 Welton Street
Denver, Colorado 80205

All ages are welcome. Suggested donation, $20.

He was a friend of ours.

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