Cincinnati Musicians to Celebrate the Late Taylor Shannon at Memorial Concert This Weekend

Friends and fans will join together beginning at noon on Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Southgate House Revival to honor the singer/songwriter/guitarist, who died in late January at the age of 30

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Photo: Taylor Hahn
Taylor Shannon
Since his untimely passing in late January, Cincinnati Rock/Country singer/songwriter/guitarist Taylor Shannon’s Facebook page has turned into a cyber memorial, with numerous friends and fans sharing messages about Shannon — who was just 30 at the time of his death — on a daily basis.

Now, the beloved musician, who showcased his Country music skills on his solo albums before exploring a more Rock sound with his band Smoke Parade, will be celebrated by his musical peers in the most fitting way possible: with a concert.

The Southgate House Revival is hosting the Feb. 23 memorial show, which is scheduled to run eight hours and is dubbed on the event poster a “Celebration of Life.” Donations and money raised via raffles and “split the pots” will go to help Shannon’s wife, Maddie. Local musical acts slated to appear include the Dallas Moore Band, Billie Gant, Mason James, Gangbox, Elton Clifton, Scott Luck Band, Mike Reeder and many more. Find more info at the event's Facebook page.

Those who can’t be at the concert but would still like to help can make donations to the “Taylor Shannon Memorial Fund” at any U.S. Bank branch in the area.

The show should be an emotional ride and serve as a reminder of how Shannon’s spirit will live on through his music and the memory of his kindness and good will. Shannon himself wrote in his final Instagram post, “Rock n Roll will never die.”


Noon. Sunday, Feb. 23. Free (donations encouraged). Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Newport, southgatehouse.com.

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