|Rick Stel (Photo by Wolfgang Spider)|
A tribute to blues musician Rick (Stel) Salansky has been scheduled from 6 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, May 4, at the Blue Goose Inn, 28911 Jefferson Ave., in St. Clair Shores. Stel passed away on April 8 at age 60.
The evening will open with sets by the Rick Stel Project, the Yazoo Brothers, and Jim McCarty and Mystery Train. There will be other special guests and a jam session.
Members of the Rick Stel Project -- keyboardist Mark LoDuca, bassist Jef Reynolds and drummer Dave Marcaccio -- will be joined by guitarist Paul Carey and the Wicked Horns four-piece horn section.
Stel's brother Dale will perform with the Yazoo Brothers, one of Rick's early bands. Noted guitarist Jim McCarty, who played with Stel for 20 years, will lead the Mystery Train band.
"When we found out Rick wasn't going to be with us much longer, we decided we would do a musical memorial or tribute," Marcaccio said. "Rick was all about the music, that's what he loved most. I can't imagine we wouldn't do something like this for him.
"It's going to be real strange to do this thing this weekend because he won't be there. It will be like, 'Where's Rick?' But, he will be there in spirit."
According to Marcaccio, Stel's son Eric approached the band about a tribute concert.
"Everyone wanted to be a part of this," Marcaccio said. "It's a collaborative effort."
There's no admission charge. A bucket will be passed to benefit the Detroit Blues Society.
"That's another thing Eric wanted to do," Marcaccio said, "to help keep the blues and music alive in this area."
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