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Memorial concert for Kent Morrill May 4

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on April 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
April 21, 2011 5:21 pm

Kent Morrill, left, and Buck Ormsby. (Lui Kit Wong/The News Tribune) (3/23/09)

Kent Morrill is being remembered by his band in the best way they can: a memorial concert. The lead singer of The Fabulous Wailers died April 15 of cancer. He was 70.

On May 4 past and present members of The Wailers and a who’s who of Puget Sound classic rock performers will take the stage at a free, all ages concert at Tacoma’s Temple Theater.

“This guy is known all over the world. If Tacoma and the fans can give him a good sendoff then that’s what we’re going to do,” said Buck Ormsby, The Wailers’ bassist and Morrill’s long-time friend.

The concert will feature the current Wailers lineup backing a variety of performers including Gail Harris, Jerry Miller of Moby Grape, Jim Manolides of The Frantics, Freddie Dennis of The Sonics and George Barner of The Stingrays. Guest performers include Wailers guitarist Neil Andersson and Dave Roland of The Regents. The singers and musicians will be performing Morrill’s signature songs.

Videos of Morrill’s performances will be shown. Merchandise and memorabilia will be for sale. Ormsby hopes to have copies of a solo album of Morrill’s recordings, originally cut in 1987. The album, “Hard to Rock Alone,” features some of Morrill’s self-penned work, as well as standards from the rhythm and blues canon.

The Fabulous Wailers Memorial Concert for Kent Morrill
When: 7-11 p.m. May 4
Where: Temple Theatre, 47 Saint Helens Ave., Tacoma
Tickets: Free
Information: 253-272-2042,

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