Lending a hand

Milwaukee-native Daryl Stuermer to play special benefit concert for Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice
by Jeff Pederson of The Review staff


DARYL STUERMER, the Grammy award-winning lead guitarist for Genesis and Phil Collins, will perform a special concert Saturday, Aug. 22, at Willowbend Farms in Plymouth to benefit the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls. The Rockin’ the River – A Night to Celebrate Life concert, which begins at 7 p.m., will feature Stuermer’s trio band performing several popular songs from Genesis and Phil Collins, as well as Stuermer’s own solo material. - Photos courtesy of darylstuermer.com DARYL STUERMER, the Grammy award-winning lead guitarist for Genesis and Phil Collins, will perform a special concert Saturday, Aug. 22, at Willowbend Farms in Plymouth to benefit the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls. The Rockin’ the River – A Night to Celebrate Life concert, which begins at 7 p.m., will feature Stuermer’s trio band performing several popular songs from Genesis and Phil Collins, as well as Stuermer’s own solo material. - Photos courtesy of darylstuermer.com He has toured the world and achieved chart-topping success as the lead guitarist for musical powerhouses Genesis and Phil Collins since the late 1970s, but Milwaukee native Daryl Stuermer’s heart has never strayed too far from home.

Stuermer’s endearingly close ties to his Wisconsin roots is one of the reasons he jumped at the chance to play a special concert at Willowbend Farms in Plymouth to benefit the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls.

The benefit concert, appropriately titled, Rockin’ the River, A Night to Celebrate Life, will take place Saturday, Aug 22, at Willowbend Farms in Plymouth beginning at 7 p.m.

In addition to the fact that the concert will be played less than 50 miles from his Whitefish Bay home, Stuermer also has a close connection to the hospice cause.

“My wife’s mother received care at a hospice in Cleveland, Ohio before she passed away,” Stuermer said. “During that time I saw how the staff at the hospice worked together to assist not only the patients, but also the families that they were serving. It was an experience that I will always remember, so much so that I have been thinking about going around the country to promote and share the hospice cause through fundraisers and charity concerts and events.

“It is something that is important to me and a big reason why I didn’t hesitate one bit when I was asked to play this show,” he said. “When something like this comes up, I normally take it. Being that it is in Wisconsin really makes it extra special for me.”

The Grammy award-winning guitar virtuoso will appear at the Rockin’ the River, A Night to Celebrate Life concert with his Daryl Stuermer Trio band, which also features vocalist Woody Mancowski of Green Bay and Russian keyboardist Kostia.

Stuermer is eager for the opportunity to play several well-known songs from his Genesis and Phil Collins days, along with his own solo material during the twohour concert.

“I will have Kostia, who is the keyboardist I perform with as a instrumental duo and Woody Mancowski, who is the singer in my full band, so it will be a trio performance,” Stuermer said. “I also add drums and bass through a Mac book program on some of the songs to create the sound of a full band.”

Those who know Stuermer for his lead guitar contributions to hit songs by Genesis and Phil Collins will not be disappointed with his band’s setlist on Aug. 22.

“We will be playing a number of Genesis and Phil Collins songs that many people know,” Stuermer said. “I would say 80 percent of the show will be made up of Genesis and Phil Collins material and the other 20 percent will be my solo material.

“We will be mixing things up, so there will be something for hard-core Genesis fans as well,” he said. “We will be doing a few songs that are often called deep cuts. These are songs that we featured on Genesis albums, but they weren’t necessarily big hit songs. Genesis fans will know these songs well. Overall it should be a fun night of pop rock and hard rock, mixed in with a little bit of instrumental jazz and jazz fusion too that is featured on a lot of my solo albums.”

Stuermer is certainly no stranger to the Sheboygan area having performed at summer festivals in Sheboygan in the past.

However, he will be making his first appearance on a Sheboygan County stage in a few years.

“It has probably been two or three years since I’ve played in the Sheboygan area,” Stuermer said. “I recall playing in Sheboygan in the Blue Harbor area and I’ve done other concerts in Sheboygan before, but it has been a few years since I’ve been back. I’m looking forward to it.”

Stuermer has been plenty busy as of late working on two new albums simultaneously.

“I have a couple of album projects I am currently working on,” Stuermer said. “One is an album of Genesis songs and the other is cover songs from different artists, such as Sting, Steely Dan and Jeff Beck, which will feature my own take on each song.

“I’m hoping to get one of the albums out by the end of the year and the other one out about six months after that going into 2016,” he said.

In addition, Stuermer has been stayed busy playing occasional shows with his band.

“Last week we did shows in Indianapolis and Naperville, Ill., and now we have a couple more coming up, including the show in Plymouth,” Stuermer said. “We’ve been doing mainly one-off shows instead of full-fledged tours, which is nice right now.

“Maybe we will do a longer tour down the road, but that can be rough,” he said. “It was easier to go out on the road for 8 to 12 weeks with Genesis back when we were in our 30s in the 1980s. Now it’s a bit of a different story.”

No matter where he has gone on tour or what kind of success he has enjoyed with Genesis and Phil Collins, Stuermer has always stayed true to Wisconsin.

“I am from Milwaukee and I still live in Whitefish Bay,” Stuermer said. “I lived with my wife in Los Angeles for five years, but when our first daughter was born, we decided to move back to Wisconsin and the Milwaukee area and raise her there.

“We weren’t sure if that was the right decision at the time, but it really worked out well for us and both of our daughters,” he said. “We’ve never regretted coming back. When I was with Genesis I asked them if it mattered where I lived, and they said it didn’t, so we’ve stayed here and really enjoyed it all these years.”

Tom DePagter of FIBECO and owner of Willowbend Farms played a key role in bringing Stuermer to Plymouth and selecting the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice to benefit from the concert.

“It was an easy choice for us when deciding who we would donate the proceeds from this event to,” said DePagter. “The Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice is a great cause, and a unique and wonderful place. We truly appreciate what they do for our community.”

The outdoor concert will go on rain or shine with a large tent available in the event of inclement weather.

“This is an outdoor concert, but the large tent will provide cover if needed,” Rockin’ the River, A Night to Celebrate Life concert organizer Nicole Claerbout of FIBECO said. “Seating will be limited to 500 people. There are still tickets available, but I would encourage people to get them now to ensure that they won’t be disappointed.

“It is a good opportunity for the community to enjoy some really great music and support the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, which is such a special place that gives such outstanding care to the people that need it,” she said.

Food will be available on site from Jose’s Taco Truck.

Tickets are currently on sale online at www.ssrhospicehome.org/events or by calling 920-467-7940.


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