The metro area music community will gather later this month to celebrate and pay respect to one of its own.
Phil Durr -- a highly regarded guitarist with bands such as Big Chief, Five Horse Johnson, Luder and others -- passed away Jan. 11 in Munich, Germany, after a heart attack while visiting family. A memorial has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 29, which would have been Durr's 54th birthday. The event is free and open to the public, though donations in Durr's memory will be collected to benefit Jail Guitar Doors, a non-profit to bring music as therapy into penitentiaries. The charity was started by British singer-songwriter Billy Brag and brought to the U.S. -- including Detroit -- by MC5 co-founder Wayne Kramer.
There will be no live music at the memorial because, as co-organizer Willy Wilson notes, "you can't duplicate (Durr's) playing."
Durr's credits also include Gaiant Brain and Variac, while he did session work for Dennis Coffey, Thornetta Davis, the Volebeats and others. He also worked for Detroit's Small Stone Records and at Rustbelt Studios/ACME Audio in Royal Oak, and as a crew member for local concert promoters and venues.
For more information on the memorial, call 248-544-1991 or visit themagicbag.com.
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