Monday, December 19, 2011

Memorial service for Rodney Lanier ends with style

Posted By on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 10:46 AM


Rodney Lanier would have loved it. The 44-year-old musician who died suddenly on Dec. 9 while battling cancer was given a spirited send-out over the weekend.

On Saturday night at the Evening Muse, the Aqualads and a bunch of local musicians performed cover songs and holiday classics as a benefit for the Lanier Trust to help with funeral expenses. Mark Lynch, Snagglepuss, Bruce Hazel, Shawn Lynch, Alex Kastanas, Benji Hughes and the Houston Brothers participated. Rodney's band Sea of Cortez also played a brief set.

On Sunday, hundreds gathered at The Chop Shop for a memorial service. Along with a slideshow, some film clips and plenty of toasts, stories and speeches, Sunshone Still and Sea of Cortez performed. Sunshone Still thundered to a close as emotions peaked, while Sea of Cortez took a more solemn approach to close out the evening. Lanier will be remembered as much for his musical contributions as for his warm personality and smile, while countless local musicians, friends and family gathered for fellowship in remembrance.

The weekend events were capped off by a New Orleans style processional from The Chop Shop to The Evening Muse, as fire trucks led the way and helped to stop traffic. What started as a melancholy march quickly erupted into a sparkler-infused dance down North Davidson Street.

Credit goes out to all of the musicians, friends, family and venues who put all of the events together, including Joe Kuhlmann, Don Koster, Gregg McCraw and those closest to him in the last few months.

Here's a brief video clip of the processional down North Davidson Street last night:

More videos below...

Here's a video put together by Joe Kuhlmann and Chris Walldorf that played during the memorial:
Happy Trails from Chris Walldorf on Vimeo.

And Chris Walldorf, David Massii and Greg Levin compiled a video of Rodney's Jolene years:
Rodney - The Jolene Years from Chris Walldorf on Vimeo.

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