By Wanda Callagy
Some gifts just keep on giving. The upcoming benefit concert to celebrate the life and music of Pat Tiernan this weekend will do just that.
The third annual Tribute to Pat Tiernan will take place from 12noon-8pm Saturday (August 9), as food, drinks, raffles and music will fill Graney’s Stout on Broadway in Albany, a favorite place of Pat’s to play on Tuesday nights.
All proceeds and donations will go toward the music scholarship set up in Pat’s name at Columbia High School in East Greenbush. Each year a student is awarded $1,000 to contribute to their education in music.
“We weren’t sure if we were going to do another event this year,” said Pat’s father, Kevin Tiernan, “but we have had such an outpouring from friends and people that knew and loved Pat. Last year, it was held at my friend’s barbecue. This year, Mike Graney offered this spot. There will be raffle baskets and music all day.”
Among the many musicians donating their time and talent to the benefit are Graham Tichy, School Bus Yellow, Herb Carter & 18 Strings of Trouble, Joe Lowry & the Second Mile Blues Band, the Frankie Lessard Band, Bruan LaPoint & the Joints, Jeremy Walz, James Alanson Kirk, Josh Bloomfield and others.
“I think Pat would be honored that we are doing what we can to pay it forward,” added Kevin Tiernan, who will also perform. “There will be a lot of love in the building.”
RIP: Pat Tiernan, 1983-2012