Erhard native to honor late mother with bashPublished 11:05am Monday, July 29, 2013
After losing his mother to complications with ALS, professional musician and Erhard native Jeremy Robinson faced an easy decision when it came to honoring her memory.
Robinson has organized a performance in August to raise funds for the ALS Foundation and local scholarships at nearby high schools in Rothsay, Pelican Rapids and Fergus Falls. The event follows one held last year as a benefit for his mother.
“She’s always been a music person. Her heart was completely wrapped around music. Whatever I have to do to push on her legacy in that way, I will,” Robinson said. “Mom’s always been one to give back to people as well and never one to open up her hand to ask for help.”
Before making a stop at the Viking Challenge, Robinson will play a Friday night show at Hillbillies in Erhard with the group Rock Legends. This year’s group will feature classic and southern rock legends, including Charlie Huhn, of Foghat fame, and Barry Dunaway, who has played extensively with Yngwie Malmsteen.
Robinson said he’s befriended the legendary musicians over the years and having such a close and talented group around him while he plays for his mother’s memory makes the event even more special.
The event is inspired by Marilyn’s passion for music, which laid the groundwork for Robinson’s career. Robinson recalled large parties that his parents threw when he was younger.
At 11, his parents also brought him to his first concert to see America and Three Dog Night. Retro music always played as friends and neighbors filled their yard.
Now, Robinson wants to fill the small town of Erhard and plans to grow the event each year. Around 1,500 people were in attendance last year.
“I’m hoping to turn the population of 140 people in the small town of Erhard into 10,000 in one day,” Robinson said with a laugh.
Marilyn’s Music Bash will begin at 1 p.m. on August 23 The line-up will feature local and area talent, including Erhard Hills Band, GC and the Sideways, Off the Trax and Back for More. Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at marilynsmusicbash.webs.com