South Florida is still reeling from losing one of its most celebrated residents, saxophonist Clarence Clemons, earlier this year. "The Big Man" passed away June 18 at age 69 following complications from a stroke and left a charitable void in the music community nationally and locally. So some of his famous friends are picking up his fundraising efforts for HomeSafe, a charity that assists abused children in Palm Beach County.
For those of us who didn't know Clemons personally but want to contribute to his memory, here's an opportunity. This October 1, the "Classic Rock & Roll Party: A Tribute to Clarence Clemons" will take over Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with a bevy of classic-rock musicians.
Clarence's nephew Jake Clemons, who is a gifted saxophonist in his own right, will lead the evening's house band, Temple of Soul, and there will be an abundance of guest vocalists to carry the mantle of the Big Man's legacy. Among them: the Monkees' Davy Jones, Gary U.S. Bonds, American Idol contestant Brett Loewenstern, and Clemons' former bandmate J.T. Bowen. Drummers Alan White (Yes) and Bobby Blotzer (Ratt) are also expected to take part.
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Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain will emcee the evening, and Clarence's widow, Victoria Clemons, has a personal tribute planned as well.
"The Classic Rock & Roll Party: A Tribute to Clarence Clemons." 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 1, at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Tickets cost $500. Click here.