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August 15, 2013

They 'feel Steve in everything that was going on'

Second concert planned in memory of man killed by train

Steven Lyons would have liked the music that will be performed at an upcoming benefit in his memory.

And why not? The acts were tailored to his eclectic musical tastes.

He would have especially enjoyed listening to one of his favorite local musicians, who prefaces his songs with some historical background, which Lyons always got a kick out of.

He also would have liked that the event is being held to raise money for a nonprofit music venue that he and his friends supported.

Lyons was killed six years ago at age 23 when he was hit by a train in Bradford while walking home from a downtown gathering with friends. His family and friends are now preparing to host a second concert and cookout in his memory.

The second annual Steven Lyons Memorial Rock Out & Cookout, an all-day, rain-or-shine event, will be held Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Winnekenni Castle, 347 Kenoza Ave.

Tom Lyons said his son’s friends are at an age where they have families and obligations, so instead of holding downtown pub crawls to remember Steven, the decision was made to hold a family-friendly event with music at its core.

“It started out as a fundraiser after Steve died and we all felt we should do it every year to donate to funds he would have supported,” Tom Lyons said. “The bar crawls were going in the wrong direction so we changed plans, and the Rock Out & Cookout came about. Last year we decided to do it to benefit the Sad Safe, as Steve and his friends all supported it when they were growing up and had a lot of friends who practiced there.”

Presented by the Steve Lyons Fund, the event will benefit The Sad Cafe in Plaistow, N.H. The cafe is an all-ages, nonprofit music venue with a mission to maintain a safe, clean, substance-free environment.

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