Gone But Never Forgotten

Fifth Annual Randy Jam To Be Held In Lakewood Sunday, June 3

The fifth annual Randy Jam, held every May in memory of the late Jamestown musician Randy Hofgren, will be held Sunday, June 3, at the Lakewood Legion from 2-6 p.m. Submitted photos

LAKEWOOD — A well-respected Jamestown musician who was taken far too soon will again be remembered in an annual benefit that bears his name.

The life of Randy Hofgren will be honored Sunday, June 3, with the fifth annual Randy Jam scheduled to take place at the Lakewood Legion from 2-6 p.m. in honor of an accomplished musician who passed away in 2014 at the age of 42 after a brief illness.

Hofgren was a highly respected musician who played with several regional acts including Synergy, Everett Lee and Underground Stampede and Sacred Fire. Hofgren’s musical career included playing and touring with the Sean Patrick McGraw Band, opening for country superstars Toby Keith in 2009 and Eric Church in 2010.

The four-hour event will include live music and other activities. In the past, the event was coordinated to help raise money for a scholarship fund that bears Hofgren’s name, however former bandmate and organizer of the event said it was decided to make this year’s event free and simply focus on the spirit of their friend.

“It’s really primarily about Randy’s friends remembering Randy,” McGraw said. “He was loved by many people, and we’ve been very blessed to have big turnouts every year. The Randy Jam is a wonderful gathering of people who all had Randy in common. And I think he would approve of people being festive in his memory instead of sad.”

The lineup for this year’s Randy Jam will include: Sean Patrick McGraw; Smokin’ 45; Uncle Ben’s Remedy; Derek Davis and Friends; and Second Street Sunset. McGraw said attendees of all ages are welcome.

“We wanted it to be family-friendly, so that’s why we’re holding it at the legion,” he said. “I really wanted to have a gathering where we could just celebrate what a great guy he was, and the fact that we knew him and had him in our lives. I’m looking forward to having people that knew Randy, and had him in common, get together and reminisce.”

The Lakewood Legion is located at 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood. There is no cost to attend.

For more information call the Lakewood Legion at 763-1286, find “Randy Jam V” on Facebook or email randyjam022214@gmail.com.