You'd be hard-pressed to find a musician with a more stellar resume than the late Ricky Lawson.
The Detroit-born drummer -- who died Dec. 23 in California at the age of 59 after suffering a brain aneurysm on stage 10 days earlier -- recorded and toured with Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins, Quincy Jones and many others. He was also a founding member of the Yellowjackets, with whom he won a Grammy Award in 1986, and released two solo albums, "Ricky Lawson and Friends" in 2001 and "Christmas With Friends" in 2008.
Clearly he's deserving of a memorial, and Lawson's home town will pay tribute to him with a pair of events on Saturday, April 26. "The Final Drumline: A Memorial Tribute" takes place at 2 p.m. at Detroit's Music Hall Center, 350 Madison Ave, and will include proclamation in Lawson's memory from local, state and national dignitaries, video tributes and performances. At 5:30 p.m., a memorial jam session will begin at Centre Park, 1407 Randolph St.; David Myles & the Mylestones will be the house band, and a variety of musical all-stars have been invited to attend.
Both events are free and open to the public. More information can be found at www.MusicHall.org and www.Facebook.com/RickyLawsonTribute.
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