Back in January, veteran Detroit radio personality Doug Podell and filmmaker Tony D'Annunzio ("Louder Than Love -- The Grande Ballroom Story") planned this weekend's salute to famed Detroit poster artist Gary Grimshaw as a fundraiser to help with his mounting medical expenses.
And Grimshaw's death on Jan. 13 changed at the age of 67 did not change their resolve to honor him.
"It becomes a memorial and a tribute to him and his work," D'Anunzio says. "He may be gone, but this is a way to remember him."
There will be plenty of music to go with the memories during the A Night of Grande Love show on Saturday, March 22, at New York New York in Chesterfield Township. Late 60s and early 70s Michigan rock heroes such as Dick Wagner, the SRC Band's Gary Quackenbush and the Rationals' Scott Morgan (playing with the Sights) will take the stage starting at 8 p.m., following a screening of "Louder Than Love." A selection of music memorabilia and autographed items -- including pieces from Grimshaw's personal collection -- will be auctioned off as well, with proceeds going to Grimshaw's widow, Laura, to help with remaining expenses from his lengthy illness.
Former MC5 manager and counterculture icon John Sinclair will also be on hand as co-host, and Podell says verbal and musical tributes will also be offered for Stooges drummer Scott Asheton, who passed away last weekend.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. at New York New York, which is inside the Premier Center at 33151 23 Mile Road. Admission is $15 for the movie and concert, $10 for the concert only. More information is available at www.garygrimshaw.org or at benefit's Facebook event page.