Friends, family and fellow musicians will gather Sunday to pay tribute to Matthew Golay, an Oshkosh musician and band manager who died of a heart defect on Feb. 5.
"The funeral cost close to $11,000," said David Rause, one of the tribute organizers. "The friends want to do something for the family."
Rause was one of Golay's closest friends and his musical partner over the last three years of Tuesday night open mics at the Paper City Pub in Neenah.
Since Golay and his band management company TMJ Productions were based in Oshkosh, Rause said it was only natural to hold the event there, even though Golay's circle of friends and musical acquaintances went well beyond that city's limits.
"We chose the Algoma Room because it's one of the bigger halls in Oshkosh," Rause said.
He is just hoping the room is big enough to contain all the musicians and friends who are expected to turn out Sunday for the tribute concert.
"This is going to be a celebration of his music and the music of people he loved," Rause said, adding that he has been working with Andy Lubahn, lead singer/songwriter of Andy's Automatics, to perform some of Golay's songs as a duo.
Andy's Automatics is also on the bill, along with The Wandering Sons, Verona Grove, Copperbox, Rob Anthony and a number of other friends of Golay.
Businesses throughout the community have donated items for a silent auction that will be held during the event.
Sam "The Paparazzi" Winch is turning a series of candid shots he took of Golay during a December performance at the PCP into a slide show that will be shown during the night, Rause said.
Doors at the Algoma Club open at 4 and the music starts at 5.
"We've scheduled 55-minute sets so the music runs to midnight," Rause said. "Then we left some time for a giant jam band at the end of the night."
Post-Crescent - April 7th, 2005
Jim Lundstrom can be reached at 920-993-1000, ext. 374, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org