College collaborates with Cool Cleveland for party and John Bassette Memorial Folk Festival
In honor of the first anniversary of the death of former local folksinger John Bassette, Lake Erie College will host a party with Cool Cleveland Nov. 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. prior to a live memorial concert titled, “John Bassette & The Spirit of Individuality,” at 8:00 p.m.
The party is open to those 21 and older and will take place in the Lake Erie College Fine Arts Building. The event will feature live performances from the College’s fine arts programs, including excerpts from the dramatic productions of "Three Musketeers" and "The Good Woman of Szechuan"; a dance performance from undergraduate dance majors and an acoustic guitar duet by professor and student. The cost to attend the party is $15 and includes beer sponsored by Lake County’s microbrewery, Willoughby Brewing, along with wine and food samplings from Gavi's, Bistro 70, Metz's and more.
Local singer-songwriter Alex Bevan will be the opening act for Tiny Alice, a northeast Ohio jug band, for the free concert that will take place in the Morley Music Hall following the party. Bevan will be performing songs of Bassette on acoustic guitar.
The concert is designed to honor Bassette’s musical spirit on the first 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.
For more information about the event, contact Richard Sax at 440.375.7151 or firstname.lastname@example.org or log onto coolcleveland.com.