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This weekend: Bands uniting for fundraiser for Pasco guitarist Brian Trapani



At Encore Music in Port Richey, Brian Trapani, above, was in high demand. As a co-owner of one of the largest music stores Pasco County, he had to spend some of his time managing the business. But usually he was with customers he had befriended in nearly 20 years working there, local musicians who wanted him to repair their guitars, lend them equipment, or just share a bit of Beatles trivia.

Now it's Trapani's family who needs help. He died suddenly of a blood clot Feb. 18, at age 34, leaving a wife, Kristen, and a baby, Sadie, now 8-months-old.

So friends, co-workers and members of the local music community are coming together for an all-day concert Saturday to raise money for Trapani's family.

The concert's lead organizer is Rick Stoots, a singer and bass player for the country and classic rock band Wiley Fox, whose lead guitarist bought his first guitar from Trapani. Wiley Fox will perform Saturday, as will Uncle John's Band, Julie Black, Peachphish and many more.

"We play benefits for people we don't know constantly, but we know this guy," said Mark Shane, a guitarist for the Spring Hill-based Trunk Band.

The concert is noon Saturday to 1:30 a.m. Sunday at the Karl Reef, 6307 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Tickets are $3 at the door, with donations accepted. There will also be a silent auction and T-shirts for sale. Stoots said the concert could raise as much as $10,000 for Sadie and Kristen.

Click here to read Vivian Yee's story about the event.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:20pm]


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