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Saying 'So Long' to a friend: Tag Graves memorial March 4

February 15, 2012
Melissa Schneider - Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

With the recent passing of very-well-known local and talented musician Tag Graves, after his arduous battle with liver cancer, the island is still saddened with grief. To celebrate Tag's life, friends of the fallen musician have coordinated a very special memorial service, to be held Sunday, March 4, from 4 to 10 p.m., at Valerie's Lounge, 17264 San Carlos Blvd.

"This memorial will give the locals a chance to say goodbye to Tag,"?said Karen Morreale, one of the coordinators of the service.

Live music will be provided by Steve Lutke, Rob Robinson, Groove Alliance, Daizy Chain, 10,000 Views and The Oysters, who will be playing a few of Tag's original songs. A video will also be playing throughout the event, celebrating Tag's Life.

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A memorial
service benefit
for talented local musician Tag Graves, who recently lost his battle with Stage 4 liver cancer, will be held Sunday, March 4, from 4
to 10 p.m., at Valerie’s Lounge. Photo by MELISSA SCHNEIDER

"Also, unfortunately, the Graves family could not afford a headstone for Tag, so we will have one last fund-raiser, in hopes of raising enough money to be able to get one for him," Karen said.

Raffles will take place all afternoon, as well as 50/50s, drink specials and a lot of great memories to remember our dear friend who recently lost his battle with cancer.

For more information on the fund-raiser, or to make a donation for the cause, whether it be monitarily, in the form of a prize or gift certificate for the raffles, or volunteering during the event, contact Karen Morreale,

Fact Box

Tag Graves

Memorial Service

at Valerie's Lounge,

Indian Creek Plaza

What: Celebrating the life of local and legendary musician Tag Graves, as well as raise funds for his family headstone

When: Sunday, March 4, 4 to 10 p.m.

Raising funds: Raffles, prizes, 50/50s, live music all day and more

A little more about the legendary Tag Graves

Born and raised in the deep south of Louisiana, Tag Graves was an accomplished musician, songwriter, mentor and good friend to many throughout Southwest Florida and the rest of the country and the world.

Playing primarily on lead guitar and talk box, Tag's had music in his blood since he was an infant. Son of great rhythm guitarist Red Graves, (who played on the original recording of "Hey, Good Lookin'" with Hank Williams), Tag spent his younger years playing music with his brothers, appearing on numerous TV and radio shows, and touring around the world.

In 1974, he and his brothers joined with Leon Russell for what would be a pivotal time in his career. Because of this five-year union, Tag has been afforded the privilege of playing with such musical greats as Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Brooks and Dunn and Charlie Daniels, just to name a few.

For the last decade, he lived on Fort Myers Beach, performing with countless local musicians, as well as touring all over the United States and beyond.

Tag, you will sorely be missed.



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