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Dave Alvin headlines Amy Farris memorial concert

October 30, 2009 |  1:07 pm

Amy Farris-photo credit to Loren Minnick

Dave Alvin, Peter Case, Stan Ridgway and other members of the Southern California roots music community will play Nov. 8 at McCabe’s in Santa Monica in a memorial concert for Austin-bred, L.A.-based musician Amy Farris, who died Sept. 29 at age 40.

A multi-instrumentalist accomplished on several instruments in the violin family, Farris had most recently been on tour as a member of Alvin’s Guilty Women band. In Texas she had played alongside country veteran Ray Price as well as Kelly Willis, Alejandro Escovedo, Bruce and Charlie Robison and many others. After relocating to Los Angeles to pursue her solo career,  Farris also performed with a wide range of musicians, including Brian Wilson, Ridgway and I See Hawks in L.A. 

A donation of $10 is being requested for admission to the Nov. 8 performance, and proceeds will go to Farris’ favorite charity, Hungry for Music, which provides musical instruments to underprivileged children.   A cause of death has still not been determined. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said it is being investigated as a possible suicide. Information on the memorial concert is available at McCabe’s website.

--Randy Lewis

Photo credit: Loren Minnick