Memorial show for Aaron Plunkett set for Thursday

07:04 AM, Jul 30, 2013

Notes, flowers, candles were placed in front of Aaron's Alley after Aaron Plunkett's death earlier this month. (MARIE DE JESUS//STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)/


Written By Jeff Spevak | Staff music critic

As a long-time admirer of the Grateful Dead, the Furthur concert two weeks ago at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, featuring former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, was certainly an evening that Aaron Plunkett was looking forward to.

Returning home after the show, he fell asleep on a couch at his home and never woke up.

Only 47 years old, his death from a heart attack is a tragedy for his friends and family, and a great loss to the local scene.

Plunkett was well-known businessman here as owner of the Monroe Avenue counterculture island Aaron’s Alley, and an enthusiastic supporter of live music, especially area bands.

His life will be celebrated with a 6 p.m. show Thursday at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. True to Plunkett’s devotion to the Dead — he even met Weir when the guitarist stopped in the store one afternoon — Thursday’s show will feature the band’s music, performed by members of The Park Avenue Band, Cravin Bliss, Into the Now, Hollywood Squares and others. Admission is $10, with all proceeds going to Plunkett’s two children.