Raise the Rooster Concert at Jenny Wiley Theatre was Oct 13-14, 2007
The first annual “Raise the Rooster” Concert was held on October 13 and 14, in memory of Larry Dean “Rooster” Brewer, a talented musician who hailed from Eastern Kentucky and passed away on September 10. This two-day event established the Larry Dean “Rooster” Brewer Scholarship Fund at Morehead State University. This funds will provide scholarships for artists from the Appalachian Coal Basin area in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee and Arkansas to attend Morehead State as undergraduates in Performing and Visual Arts.
The concert ran from 12:30 to 4:00 both afternoons at the Jenny Wiley Theatre. Headlining on Saturday was Ireland’s number one ballad group, the Dublin City Ramblers. On Sunday we welcomed Exile, famous for their hit single “Kiss You All Over”, as our headline performers. Many other local bands and musicians performed at the concert celebrating the music performed and loved by “Rooster”.
Seating was limited to the first 800 people. There was no charge for admission; however a donation of $11 per person was suggested. Other contributions were gratefully accepted.
On June 5, 2008..... It was Rooster's Birthday. I sure do miss my best friend and I think about him every day, as do so many others that knew him. I miss the phone calls. I miss the talks we had. I miss his smile. I miss him riding up on his motorcycle, he would come by to get me so we could go for a ride down to the river. I've only ridden down to the river once since his passing. I was with Tammy and Kevin, it was a good ride. Rooster's bike was with us that day. Rooster was with us that day too. After we got to the river, we heard a rooster crowing and knew he was with us. I hadn't heard that rooster crowing there before that day. I plan on riding there again soon and I'll be wishing he was with me. I know he will be in spirit.
The first Raise the Rooster concert is officially in the books. What a reunion it was. Old friends and fellow musicians reuniting after about fifteen years coming together to celebrate the life of Rooster. It surely was an awesome weekend of reminiscing and music. God blessed us with two days of beautiful weather. Everyone who has played music with him had a Rooster to tell. Ron Bradley said it best when he said never in a hundred years would Rooster have dreamed that we would be something of this magnitude in his memory. It was a humbling experience to stand backstage and listen to all the stories about Rooster and what influence he had had on each of our lives. He will be sadly missed but, his memory will live on in our hearts for the rest of our lives. Through this scholarship fund he will continue to touch and make a difference in the lives of young men and women for years to come. Thanks to all the friends of Rooster for the vision and the sacrifices, and relentless hard work to make this event happen. GOD BLESS each and everyone of you. We are believing that this event will grow and become greater each year. Prayerfully, next year we will have the first recipient of the scholarship fund as our guest of honor. Planning has begun already for the 2008 Raisetherooster concert and pledge drive. So once again to all of the friends of rooster who helped make this event happen and those who participated, THANK YOU and may God keep you in his mercy and love.