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Musicians to hold benefit concert for one of their own

Tribute concert in Colfax honors Lance McCollum
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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For kids growing up in Colfax, the Colfax Theater was our primary source of entertainment. As long as we had a few quarters, we could walk a few blocks to see movies and the cartoons the theater owners, Al and Celestine Klokkevold, showed every weekend. The theater, beautifully renovated not long ago, stopped operating as a movie house late last year, but it’s still available for live entertainment. And this weekend, it will open up for a special benefit concert for the family of the late Lance McCollum. McCollum was a luthier, well known for his guitar-making talents. The Colfax resident died Feb. 1 from an aeoric aneurysm. He is survived by his wife, Dawn, and their three children, ages 14 through 21. In an article about McCollum, the Colfax Record’s Gloria Beverage wrote that the list of pros who play some of McCollum’s 300 guitars include Martin Barre, guitarist for Jethro Tull; Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson; 1997 National Fingerpicking champion Todd Hallwell; and Scottish singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean and Mark Mancina, a Grammy award-winning film composer and record producer. The tribute concert will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1, which would have been McCollum’s 51st birthday. The benefit is being put on through the efforts of Rob Bonner, formerly of Loomis, who owns Rainbow Music with his wife, Christine, also a Loomis gal. Bonner was the founder of the South Loomis Quickstep Band. He is also the proud owner of a McCollum-made guitar. “I could count on him whenever I needed him,” Bonner said of his friend. McCollum’s fellow musicians, friends, and music lovers have a chance to give back now that his family could use help. Joining the Bonners on the Colfax Theater stage will be a host of accomplished musicians, including Maggie McKaig, Luke Wilson and Murray Campbell, Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald, Kelly Fleming, the The Blues Gurus, Reggie Hall, Doug Smith, Steve Hawkins, Todd Hallawell (the 1997 Winfield Fingerpicking Champion), Eric Menig, Ted Smith and Bill Day. Bonner is expecting, and hoping, that concert tickets go quickly. They’re only $20 each, and available at Cherry Records in Auburn, as well as Rainbow Music and Evangeline’s and Basement Wines in Colfax. I didn’t know Lance McCollum, but I do know Rob and Christine and their incredible music. So I’ll make the trip to the Colfax Theater, even though I’ll get there by car instead of by foot as I did so many times before.