It is with sad emotion that I write this blog post. Ed Stevens, father, husband, musician, concert promoter, friend, and music associate passed away on Friday night, Jan. 15, 2010. I received word like many of my fellow Utah musicians via an email from Janae Kotter, who served along side Ed as a Board Member for the Timponogos Singer-Songwriter Association.
Ed served in that capacity for at least 10 years or so, I believe, as I helped on that committee briefly in early 2000’s. Ed was a friend, and a great guy. He was happy, and fun to be around. Over the last ten years or so, he performed at many AcoustiHouse events with his band Stevens Party, which included his wife Ann. AcousiHouse is my production company, and I knew I could always count on Ed to give a great performance at events like Art City Days Festival, Movies and Music in the Arts Park, Utah County Fair, and the Novell Hard Disc Cafe Concert Series, all of which he performed at several times over the years.
Ed also was the organizing force behind the Homestead Resort Concert Series, which I had the privelege of performing at 3 times in three seperate years. I enjoyed talking to Ed about concert productions, as we both understood the hoops and hurdles we both had to jump through to plan and organize a successful event.
I also got to work with him closely in 2005, as he was my right hand go-to during the start-up launch of the Apeus.com music project.
I am ever greatful to have had a friend like Ed in the music business, even though we only got to talk to each other or see each other 3 or 4 times a year. He has a great wife and children, and I send my deepest condolences to his family as they try and get through this hard time. I understand what it is like to loose a loved one, as I have lost both my parents and grandparents in my lifetime. but as is quoted on the TSSA website and I understand came from Anne his wife, he has gone to “that great gig in the sky”.
He used to perform “the Reach” by Dan Fogelberg at his concerts, which we both shared as one of our all-time favorite songs. Who knows, maybe he and Danny boy are up in heaven playing together at the Heavenly open mic night. Ed, you will be missed for your tireless work in the Utah music scene, and for your inspiring and heartfelt songs.
Thanks Ed, for being a friend.
With Love – Thom