Jeremy Messersmith at Pioneer and Soldier’s Cemetery, October 8 ,2011
The Friends of the Cemetery could not have picked a better October day for a concert in a graveyard. It featured Jeremy Messersmith, whose last record was inspired by the Pioneer and Soldier’s Cemetery at Lake and Cedar Avenue.
Toussaint Grey, thought to be the first African-American born in the area is buried at the cemetery. Messersmith wrote a song about him and his grave was a station for the smart phone scavenger hunt as was the grave of War of 1812 veteran, James Glover.
The turnout was good, there was a healthy presale of tickets and hopefully it will be repeated. Messersmith was a little under the weather but sounded great and played the bulk of the “Reluctant Graveyard” album.
Although it was a wonderful warm day, these geese did a migratory flyby at the end of the concert to remind us it was really Autumn.