Musicians remember Kevin Kienlein

Musical friends and collaborators gather at Vernon Elk's Hall Sunday to hold a Celebration of Life for Kevin Kienlein, who died Oct. 6.

Kevin Kienlein is to be remembered when local musicians pay ode to him in concert

A musician, photographer, organ transplant recipient, and friend and inspiration to many is being remembered by his musician friends Sunday.

Vernon’s  Kevin Kienlein, who received a heart and double lung transplant in December, 2010 and died Oct. 6 in Edmonton following complications arising from a viral infection, was a known fiddler, singer and guitarist in town.

He also performed with many fellow musicians, and in turn those artists are holding a Celebration of Life for Kienlein at the Elk’s Hall Sunday from 2 to 10 p.m.

“If you knew Kevin, knew of him, would like to know him better, you are invited to enjoy eight hours of music performed by Kevin’s friends. You are also invited to bring your instruments and your voices to join us in a jam finale,” said event organizer Kath Raeber.

Performers include Feet First, Jesse Mast, Kath and the Tomkats. Junkyard Dogs, Wire and Wood, Steel Wound, Brandon Schmor, Steve Saba, Carolyn Anele, Strawberry Pie and many others.

Money raised from the event, through 50/50 draws and donations, will go towards a headstone for Kienlein.

In addition, Kienlein had more than 50 ties that his family has donated to be sold at this event.

Proceeds from the sale will be given to the Heart and Lung Transplant Unit at the University of Alberta.

A dinner of beef dip and caesar salad will be served at 5:30 p.m. for  $10, and a cash bar will be available.

The Elk’s Hall is located at 3103 30th St., Vernon.


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