When singer Dolores O’Riordan of the popular AltRock group The Cranberries (which had hits with songs like “Linger” and “Zombie”) died in January, Cincinnati musician Margaret Darling (formerly of local Indie Pop greats The Seedy Seeds) thought it would be cool to go to a Cranberries tribute show and pay her respects. When she looked around for such a concert and couldn’t find one, she thought it would be cool to fill the void by putting one on herself and contacted Morrella Raleigh of The Southgate House Revival about having the show at the Newport venue.
“To be honest, as a performer, I never thought I'd be putting a tribute show together,” Darling says in a press release for Saturday’s “To the Faithful Departed—a tribute to the music of Dolores O’Riordan and The Cranberries” event. “However, I felt like something really should be done by someone, so here we are.”
Saturday’s tribute begins at 9 p.m. Local artists Molly Sullivan, Scot Torres, Yusef Quotah, Darling and others will be on hand Saturday in the SGHR’s Sanctuary room to celebrate O’Riordan's legacy, as will regional acts like Chicago’s Deja Vuey. After the show, attendees can belt out “Dreams” or Cranberries tunes in the venue’s Lounge, which will have a special ’90s AltRock karaoke night.
While the cause of O’Riordan sudden death in January has yet to be made public, the singer was just 46 and had dealt with depression and addition issues. Proceeds from Saturday’s tribute concert will be donated to the Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services organization.
“It was very important to me that this show benefit a local organization involved with helping people affected by mental health issues and/or addiction—which I think is really relevant to Cincinnati,” Darling says. “So I’m really grateful for the support for this event, and the opportunity to partner with Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services.”