Eric Hutchinson: I'm honored to help remember Sue McLean
|Photo by Ramsey Mellette|
Before the tribute at First Avenue on Saturday, Eric Hutchinson shares with Gimme Noise some memories of the promoter and why he felt compelled to be part of such a big night.
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Set to headline the evening is Hutchinson, who had long been a favorite of Sue's. After Perez Hilton voiced his admiration of the singer's music a few years back, Eric got some radio play, and became a tour fixture locally, especially at colleges near the Twin Cities.
"I love playing Minneapolis and St. Paul," he says. "The people are great music lovers, and there's a great culture and rhythm there." His draw to the area was forged by McLean; Sue had Eric on her radar, integrating him into her group of national artists with Minnesota connections. When the tribute concert was brought up, Eric immediately wanted to be a part of the event, stating emphatically, "It wasn't even an option when I heard about it. I just had to do it. I'm honored to remember Sue, to help raise money for her daughter Lilly, and I never miss a chance to play First Ave!"
The proceeds of the evening will benefit the Lilly McLean Fund; Lilly is Sue's surviving daughter. Along with ticket sales, there will be a live auction during the event that includes pieces of music memorabilia from Sue's personal collection.
Besides the money raised on Saturday evening, the night will be a celebration of a life of someone that made an impression of anyone that knew -- or even met -- Sue. "Sue was always a fresh, inspiring, energetic person," he says. "She had an independent spirit, and I loved doing shows with her. Even when she couldn't be at the show, there'd always be a bottle of champagne or flowers waiting for me backstage after the show."
The concert will bring into the fold local acts along with Hutchinson's acoustic set, and embody Sue's motto: "Live music is good for your soul."
A Tribute to Sue McLean at First Avenue. Saturday, November 23, 2013. 18+, $50, 6 pm
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