On Sunday, Oct. 13, Immanuel Presbyterian Church will host a special tribute ceremony for local blues promoter Ted Brown, who died of a heart attack on Sept. 25. He was 61.
Brown was known for founding Tacoma's Old Town Blues Festival, which he produced for 21 years with its final installment taking place in July. He also founded and booked the Spar Tavern's long-running Sunday night blues series.
“Ted's passing made everybody aware of what a strong part of the blues community, and especially the community of Old Town in North Tacoma,” said Rev. Dave Brown, Immanuel Presbyterian's pastor.
The Oct. 13 tribute show is a special installment of Immanuel Presbyterian's monthly Blues Vespers series. Rev. Brown recalled comments that Ted Brown made after he attended a similar tribute for Steve Miller Band guitarist Curley Cooke in 2011. “He actually commented to me … that if anything happened to him that's what he wanted, so we remembered that,” he said.
Among those expected to pay musical tribute to Brown on Sunday are Little Bill Engelhardt, Jay Maybin, Rod Cooke, Mark Riley, Jon Bayless, Chris Stevens and Leanne Trevalyan. The event will start at 2 p.m.
Immanuel Presbyterian is located at 901 N. I St., in Tacoma, and further details can be found by calling (253) 627-8371.
Ted Brown was preceded in death by his parents, Louise and Robert, Sr., and brother, Benjamin. He leaves behind his wife, Janice; sons Craig Brown (Christina) and Ryan Brown (Krystle); daughter Dechelle Castro (Travis); sisters Mindy Ormsbee (Dale) and Barbara Conway (Alan); 4 grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces.