Following the tragic loss of Music Tastes Good founder and Long Beach musician Joshua Fischel, his wife, Abbie Peyton Fischel, has decided to create a farewell that is about singing, laughing, crying, and ultimately celebrating the life of a man greatly respected and equally loved.
Set to take place on October 13 at 5:30PM on the rooftop of the parking garage at City Place off of 3rd Street at the Promenade, the celebration coincides with what would have been his latest Live After 5 event, our free, monthly live music series of which Joshua has been an important part of since its inception. In his honor, we’ve decided to go black.
Often, Joshua would bring his rock-meets-theatre group known as RIOTstage on board to perform. From Hedwig to Pink Floyd, the Live After 5 events which hosted the troupe would garner massive crowds. One of the most memorable, if not outright the most popular Live After 5 to date, was when Joshua and his crew partnered with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra to cover The Beatles’ iconic Let It Be album atop the rooftop of the City Place parking garage.
Honoring that special night, we shall once again ascend to the rooftop and offer Long Beach a farewell to a man who influenced and engaged so many.
”Because Josh was not one for conformity we are planning a non-traditional memorial service to honor his memory,” said Abbie. “Josh’s family and I will be putting on one final RIOTstage show. This show will serve as his celebration of life. Please come join us for this final concert piece.”
Donations are being accepted through the website created for the assisting Abbie and his family with medical costs and the formal service taking place, while any remaining proceeds will to the Joshua Fischel Memorial Scholarship fund: http://www.joshfischel.com/