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Alex Bevan and Tiny Alice to take the stage at Lake Erie College

College hosts 2nd annual Spirit of Individuality Memorial Concert

The Spirit of Individuality Memorial Concert will take the stage at Lake Erie College for the second consecutive year to honor the death of former local folksinger John Bassette. The live concert will be held Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. in the Morley Music Building.
Local singer-songwriter Alex Bevan will be the opening act for Tiny Alice, a northeast Ohio jug band. Alex Bevan will perform an initial set of Bassette songs on acoustic guitar, followed by a reunion concert of the 1970s Hessler Street group, Tiny Alice – comprised of virtuoso musicians Peggi Cella, David Krauss, Tom Marotta, Danny Mazza, Norman Tischler and George Woideck.
The concert honors the musical spirit of Bassette on the second anniversary of his death. Bassette was one of the first local artists to record and produce music for his own independent label, Tinkertoo Records.
Born in Hampton, Va., on Dec. 28, 1941, Bassette attended Virginia Union College. Upon graduation, he relocated to New York City in pursuit of a music career, and became a fixture of the thriving Greenwich Village folk scene during the mid-'60s. While there, he performed with Sammy Davis, Jr. in the Broadway play, “Golden Boy.” Relocating to northeast Ohio in the late 1960s, Bassette worked as a folksinger, singer-songwriter, poet and cable TV personality until a debilitating stroke limited his pursuits in the early 1990s.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Richard Sax, Ph.D., at 440.375.7151 or
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