Cincinnati Musicians to Pay Tribute to the Late Bob Nave This Weekend

Friends and former bandmates of the keyboardist known best for his stints in The Lemon Pipers and Blues Merchants are teaming up for a memorial concert Feb. 16 at The Redmoor

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Bob Nave

Friends, fans, peers and bandmates of the late local musician Bob Nave will join together on Sunday, Feb. 16 at The Redmoor in Mt. Lookout for a special memorial concert.

Nave — the organist/keyboardist known best for his stints in The Lemon Pipers (who had a late-’60s No. 1 hit with "Green Tambourine") and, more recently, The Blues Merchants — died on Jan. 28. He was 75.

Sunday's memorial concert is being presented by Play It Forward, the local organization dedicated to helping often-insurance-less musicians with medical and financial hardships. Nave was a longtime supporter of and treasure for the group.

"The family of Play It Forward Board of Directors wish the family of Bob prayers and condolences," the event page reads. "We hope to see you as we celebrate the way Bob asked us to do in his will. We shall do that, just as you wished."

Members of The Blues Merchants will perform at Sunday's event with Ricky Nye filling in for Nave, according to a social media post by Merchants singer Amy McFarland. There will also be a Hammond organ jam (on Nave's very own Hammond M-3, according to WVXU's ), as well as performances from The Bluebirds, Rhythm Jones and others.

The show runs from 2-7 p.m. and there is no cover charge.

McFarland recently posted a special tribute video of a performance of "Green Tambourine" with a montage of photos featuring Nave.

According to Nave's obituary, there will also be a visitation this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Spring Grove Funeral Homes. Per Nave's wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Play It Forward.

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