Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Friday at Fergie's: Memorial for Philadelphia bass player Steve Demarest

Celebration of a much missed Philly musician.

Friday at Fergie's: Memorial for Philadelphia bass player Steve Demarest

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Steve Demarest Mark Schreiber

There's a musical memorial happening Friday night at Fergie's Pub for Steve Demarest, the much missed Philadelphia bass player. Demarest died on Oct. 5, the day after he collapsed at the Sansom Street watering hole between sets with roots-rock standouts John Train, with whom he played for almost 18 years.

Demarest's obituary from the Philadelphia Inquirer is here. Many of the bands and songwriters he played with during his 30 plus years on the music scene will perform at the two hour celebration, which kicks off at 6. Among them: Slo-Mo, Kenn Kweder, Chet Delcampo, Rodney Anonymous, Bunny Savage, and of course John Train, with whom he finished playng Butch Hancock's "Boxcars" minutes before he suffered an aortic dissection and lost consciousness two Fridays ago.

Mark Schreiber, who played drums alongside Demarest in John Train, said this about him: "Steve was a giving bass player.  He didn't noodle and stuck to the soul of things.  He had a excellent musical sensibility and broad musical vocabulary, so it was easy to collaborate, create and lock in.  We've been a pretty tight rhythm section these past 14 years, and I'm going to miss him on my left (or right)." He sent along this video of Demarest doing a bass demonstration: http://youtu.be/r5WQBbkASZ0.

Below Demerest plays "Deep Elem Blues" with John Train. He's on the far right. The memorial takes place in the upstairs band room at Fergie's, which is at 1214 Sansom Street in Center City.

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