Friday, April 13, 2007

Open Expression - A Tribute to Thomas Welch

Shreveporters - please pass this on as you see fit.

Friends of Thomas H. Welch will gather on Sunday, April 22nd at 2:00 PM to celebrate the former Shreveporter's life and accomplishments at an art & music tribute.

The event, to be held at 516 Soundstage on Texas Street, downtown Shreveport, will include performances by Dirtfoot, Chris Alexander, Kern Courtney, the Peekers, and other musicians. Local artists will also be displaying original work in a one-day exhibition.

Memorial services have also been held in Colorado and California. Sunday's tribute will provide an opportunity for all those in Shreveport touched by Welch to gather together in remembrance. Organizers will also be raising money for Welch's family.

Tommy Welch passed away in Los Angeles on February 27th at the age of 29. He grew up and lived in Shreveport until moving first to Colorado Springs and then Long Beach and Los Angeles with punk band Raised Under Reagan.

During his time in Shreveport, he was an influential player in the music, art and theater communities. He used his talents in everything from his work with children to expressing his anger with the government and status quo. Friends describe him as someone that lived every day like it was his last. He was an inspiration for countless people from the deep south to the west coast.

Welch attended C.E. Byrd High School and graduated from Centenary College in 2001 with a degree in Theater. He stayed involved and invested in the community in more ways than most of us would have the energy for. Among other things, he worked with KSCL, Centenary's radio station, was active in local theaters including the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, and passed his love of drama on to children through drama workshops, art classes, and the Peter Pan Players children's theater. Welch was also active in the music community and worked with groups like Shrevepunx, booking shows at the Zebra Room and expanding the range of music available locally.

The tribute, which will be on the eve of Welch's 30th birthday, is open to the general public. To contribute or to find more information, contact Amy Guendulay at 865-5257 or 210-5836.

Art & Music Tribute to Tommy Welch
Sunday, April 22nd, 2PM
516 Soundstage, Texas St., downtown Shreveport
Featuring Dirtfoot, Kern Courtney, Chris Alexander, and a one-day exhibition of work from local artists
Donations to benefit Tommy's family in Los Angeles



Apple Oracle said...

Hi jane!

I haven't visited your blog in a while and I wanted to drop by and say hi. I think you are an incredibly tallented writer. Do you write books or novels? If not you should!



Michael-Ann said...

What a shame to lose this person, at 29 he seems to have given a lot of himself and accomplished quite a bit. I am always in awe when I learn about remarkable young people such as him.

JaneDoughnut said...

Thanks, Apple.

Michael-Ann, you are right about that. A friend asked me to write this, so I went scouring through whatever I could find, trying to get to know him in some small way. To see what someone facing such hardship could accomplish makes me want to be a better person.

Tisha! said...

Jane sweetheart sad for such a great loss and glad that you all have found a way to celebrate his work.

Johnna said...

Oh wow so sad. I will keep the family in my prayers.


OhItsJustAmy said...

Thank you.

For everything.

trudeau said...

Amy asked me to run your very well-written piece on SptBlog. Thanks for getting details on his local life.

Andrea said...

So sad. Someone in my family passed away last week. So, I know how his family feels.

My thoughts are with his family.

JaneDoughnut said...

I'm so sorry, Andrea. My thoughts will be with yours.

JaneDoughnut said...

I just saw that a brief summary was published in the Times yesterday. click here. Thanks to Kathie and Shannon for helping to get the word out.