Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Funeral for a friend

She's being modest, but Stonie Rivera has done a lot of the heavy lifting for the memorial to Tess, which will be this Friday night at the Uptowner. Here's the latest in terms of what will be going on during the evening.

8:00 til 9:00......TRIBUTE TO TESS....MUSIC, VIDEO, OPEN MIC FOR MEMORIES, STORIES & LAST WORDS.

There will be a compilation video put together by Dave J of Tess' video moments that will be shown between bands.

Thanks to

  • Edgar Allen Cash for donating the PA
  • Dr. Chow's Love Medicine for equipment
  • Mark Shurilla for equipment, Mics & stands
  • Steve Johnson for the venue
  • Stonie Rivera for managing the band lineup and securing venue and incidentals.
  • Wes Streater for Funeral Arrangements. Tess will be interred on Tuesday, 6/22 at 1:00 pm at Southern WI Veterans Memorial Center in Dover WI (near Union Grove). As he was a US Navy Veteran, he is entitled to be honored with a military gravesite.


The lineup for bands so far for June 18 at the Uptowner is comprised of musicians who have played with Tess throughout the years. It's by no means a complete list of his musical partners, but will be a wonderful and varied backdrop for stories and memories about the man:

  • 9:30: Laurie & Jessie Kern
  • 10:00:.La Ghostra Nostra
  • 10:30: Mark Shurilla Band
  • 11:00: Edgar Allen Cash
  • 11:30: Rob McCuen Band
  • 12:00: Dr. Chow's Love Medicine
  • 1:00: TBA.....OPEN JAM


Come raise a glass, share a story, and remember a Milwaukee music legend.

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