SPENCER BOHREN AND THE WHIPPERSNAPPERS

Guitarist Spencer Bohren, third from left, and the Whippersnappers. 

A memorial for the late musician Spencer Bohren will be held at the Marigny Opera House from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 23.

Marilyn Bohren, the musician's widow, says the memorial won't include music performances, but rather will focus on friends and family sharing stories and celebrating Spencer's life. "We want it to be more personal — about Spencer as a person," she says.

Bohren, a folk and blues guitarist who often was found on the road, died June 8 of complications from prostate cancer that had metastasized into his bones.

He had recorded more than a dozen albums of folk, blues, gospel and other Americana music, and was known also as a visual artist and teacher.

His final performance was on the Gentilly Stage of the 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, where he and members of his extended family had often performed over the years.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a gift be made in Spencer’s memory to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Don Jamison Heritage School of Music.

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