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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


Last year’s event at Winnekenni Castle is one that Tom Lyons will never forget. It motivated him to want to continue.

“A young woman who dated Steve in high school came up to me and said this event was what she dreamed it would be and that she could feel Steve in everything that was going on,” Tom Lyons said. “That really hit me, and it still does.”

Friends remember Steven Lyons as generous person and a trusted, reliable and loyal friend who loved skateboarding (longboarding down hills in Bradford) as well as live music by local bands. He wasn’t a musician, but he had a passion for music. Among his favorite local performers was Irish folk-music performer Colm O’Brien, who is in the musical line-up. Lyons would often encourage his friends to see O’Brien perform live at local venues.

Steven Lyons was proud to be from the Ward Hill section of the city, and never hesitated to talk about it. He knew his way around the woodland trails in Ward Hill as well as anyone, friends said. He also loved the outdoors and camping.

Tom Lyons said that because his son’s musical tastes were varied, the musical acts chosen to perform represent a variety of genres that would have appealed to Steven.

“This year we have a Johnny Cash tribute band, a blues band, a hip-hop band, a bluegrass band as well as five different bands from the Sad Cafe,” Tom Lyons said. “The Sad Cafe will always be there for us as we are for them.

“I think we have something for everybody,” he said.

Fifteen local acts, including several area youth bands, will perform at the event. An art show, raffles and children’s games will take place throughout the day.

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