Friday, March 15, 2013 4:05 AM
The Memory Brothers Large Band, 2013 inductees into the Iowa Rock and Roll Music Association's (I.R.R.M.A.) Hall of Fame, is hosting and performing for the "Tommy Stahr Memorial Benefit" at Nob Hill Ballroom in Decorah Saturday, April 27, from 8-11 p.m.
Performing at the IRRMA Hall of Fame induction concert in September of 2010. (Submitted photo)
Doors open at 7 p.m. and admission is $10 per person.
Members of the group are Larry Crandall and Doug Koempel, West Union; Kevin Conner and Mike Flack, Cedar Rapids; Keith Zeller, Winona, Minn.; Erik Berg, Decorah; Dave Christopherson, Waterloo and Christopher Jon, Arnolds Park.
The event brings all past and present members of the Memory Brothers together onstage for the first time ever, to celebrate the life and music of former Rubber Band guitarist Tommy Stahr, who passed away in 2012.
Portions of the proceeds go toward the purchase and installation of a monument at the West Union Recreation Park in West Union. This bronze sculpture will be erected along the walking path and will commemorate Tommy Stahr's life and his contributions to his family, friends and his music.
This benefit is one of only two opportunities for fans of the Memory Brothers to see and hear all members of the group - past and present - together onstage on the same night.
The other opportunity is at the IRRMA Hall of Fame induction ceremony and concert at Arnolds Park Sunday, Sept. 1. That night the Memory Brothers will share the stage with fellow inductees B.J. Thomas (Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head) and Wanda Jackson (the Queen of Rockabilly.)
The Memory Brothers initially formed in 1969 as a two-piece combo, when original Rubber Band members Doug Koempel and Larry Crandall began moonlighting as a duo. Eventually the two left the Rubber Band and began touring full-time as the Memory Brothers from 1970-77.
In 1977 Crandall retired from the band to spend more time with his young family, while Koempel continued on the road with the Memory Brothers with a rotating roster of musicians.
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