The Midnight Ramble rocks on
The passing of Levon Helm last month hit the music industry hard. But as our Christian Farrell tells us,his spirit lives on, through a musical tradition at his studios in Woodstock.
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WOODSTOCK, N.Y. - They say, "the show must go on." And Saturday night in Woodstock -
"It was his dream to continue this. It's all our dreams to continue it," said Levon Helm Band member Larry Campbell.
The Midnight Rambles made famous by music legend Levon Helm rock-on. The first concert since Levon's death in April plays to a sold out crowd of hundreds. The "Ramble" of course taking place inside the barn known as Levon Helm Studios.
"There's going to be tears tonight I know that. But we want to celebrate the man's life, not mourn the fact that he's gone," said Mike Selk of White Plains.
"More than keeping his memory alive, it keeps his spirit alive, because he had such a generous spirit,"said Sarah Pirozek of Brooklyn.
Those who knew him well say this special event is sure to aid in the healing process.
"He never wanted a minute to go by without music resonating from these walls. So. I know we've got his blessing," said Levon Helm Studios Manager Barbara O'Brien.
If he were still alive, Saturday would've been Levon Helm's 72nd birthday.
"Obviously, it's the first time being at a Ramble without Levon being here. It's a sad occasion, but at the same time a happy occasion that the family is putting this back together. Levon will live on forever," said John Benedek of New York City.