Lynne Avril phoned to say that Chico's memorial will include the actual funeral service at the Rhythm Room. It will be a closed casket ceremony open to his many friends and fans. The doors open at 6 PM the funeral begins at 7:00 PM. Afterwards there will be one heck of a 'wake' Chico style, see below for the line up thus far.
FROM THE PHOENIX BLUES SOCIETY
SAD BLUES NEWS - CHICO CHISM
January 28, 2007
CHICO CHISM passed away this morning at 5:00 am at the Kivel Campus of Care in Phoenix. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 30th at the Rhythm Room, the club that he loved so much. There will be commentary, and a religious service led by Father Ron Poston, as well as photos and video of Chico, followed by a musical tribute by his many friends including:
Big Pete Pearson
Nightshift Featuring The Chief & Tom Grills
Walkin' Cane Mark
and many, many others not yet confirmed.
A repast of barbeque will be available for sale, proceeds from the sale will help pay for the funeral costs; other donations will be accepted at the door. Doors will open at 6pm. No smoking will be allowed indoors, although smoking will be permitted on the outdoor patio.
(Arizona will never forget you, Chico. We're so grateful that you made the Valley your home and let us experience your magic. Bob Corritore, thank you for bringing Chico into our lives here in the Valley of the Sun. "God is Alive, Magic is Afoot, Magic Never Dies.")