A Heart Felt Send Off

By Jenna Croyle and Terry Pentelli

This Sunday April 28th starting at 12PM and continuing through the night at Scotty’s Martini Lounge one of the largest groups of local Erie bands, musicians, and the best of friends will gather to celebrate the life and music of one of our Community’s greatest friends, Mr. Sam “Ugly” Palmer who passed away this past March 15th at the young age of only 47.

While many amazing things could be said about Sam Ugly, as he was known to most of his friends and the Erie music scene, nothing could be more true than to say that Sam Ugly stood the true test of a man as he was an astonishing person who most of all would stop everything, to do anything to help anyone, and who loved his family and friends above all else.

The countless lives that Sam touched over the decades through his music is overshadowed only by the bright glowing light that engulfed anyone who had the distinct pleasure of simply having met the man, even if only briefly.

As one of the most versatile Musicians ever to play a show on an Erie stage, Sam Ugly had the unique pleasure of sharing his musical creativity and captivating talent with such incredible national and local musical groups as the Murder Junkies, The Mollies, Matty B And The Dirty Pickles, There All Against Us, The Tradesmen, Agrohippie, along with many, many more over the past 30 years.

As a founding member of the iconic local Erie Punk band  “Quaranteend”, Sam Ugly brought an insanely super high energy to every show, and delivered a one-of-a-kind presentation every time that he stepped out on stage.”What he did in Erie PA and in the music scene can never be repeated the way he did it”, stated Reuben Wilsonheimer, Co-Founder of “Quaranteend”. “Nobody in Erie PA had ever seen a band like Quaranteend, but the people that believed in us were there to experience the madness, love, sorrow, happiness, tragedy and laughter of Quaranteend that Sam Ugly was so much a part of.  Sam will be missed forever. “, Wilsonheimer went on to say.

Organized by Mary Roward and Gary Kum, this event will include a Chinese auction and merchandise, nine of the most talent packed bands will be on hand throughout the event to bring their own hard-driving styles and sounds to remember and say good-bye in true Sam fashion.

Among the conglomeration of local musical superstars that will be sharing their explosive energy from the stage will be bands such as Jivan Ivan, Nate’s Band, Virus X, Insult to Injury, Paper Matches, Detroit Red, The Cheats, Cheap Thrill, Mala Sangre, Maniacal Device, We Hit the Fan, and Sam’s own band Quaranteend to close out the musical entertainment.

Kicking off the amazing night of high-throttle entertainment at 12PM will be “Jivan Ivan”, a supercharged band that brings the noise and pounds the sounds that will immediately be followed by “Nate’s Band”, an on the edge band cranking out off the hook tunes with massive power.

At 3PM Virus X takes the stage, a real deal 1980’s punk band from Niagara Falls, New York made up of Rick Miami on vocals and Ebow Guitar, Jarid Sin on Lead Guitar, Smash Thrash on beats, and Derrick Line on Bass Guitar. Virus X delivers colossal power, epic instrumental work, and overall mad music for the masses.

“Insult to Injury” is a three piece band made up of Rick Burch on Drums, Andrew Rogers on Bass Guitar and Vocals, along with Nick Burch Lead Guitar and Vocals that offer their fans melodic, yet high powered Guitar riffs, with incredible Bass lines and devastating energy, while “Paper Matches” is a high caliber three piece Blues based Rock band with a Punk backbone that includes members Johnny Major on Lead Guitar and Vocals, Lacey Alyse on Bass Guitar and Nick J. Burch on Drums and Vocals.

The local legendary band “Detroit Red” that includes members Erik Nielsen on Guitar, Erik Mildner on Drums, and Josh Gone on Bass will take the stage and rock the house at 5:15PM, taking the energy level of the room to the stratosphere with talent and excitement on overdrive.

Detroit Red will be followed by the wicked sounds of both “The Cheats” and ” Cheap Thrill”, cranking up the party and blowing off the roof, with “Mala Sangre” and “Maniacal Device” rock’n your world starting at 7:30PM. These four local bands know what the fans want and are ready to give it to them every hard-hitting and badass minute of every show.

Another of Sam Ugly’s bands “We Hit the Fan” kicks up the power and pours on the passion at 9PM with a sick psychedelic sound charred with epic energy and massive talent that will take you on a rollercoaster ride of musical madness that you will never want to get off of.

Finally, and certainly not the least by anybody’s standard, Erie’s own ultimate group of insanely talented musicians, and Sam Ugly’s own “Quaranteend” explodes onto the stage at 9:45PM with all out, balls-to-the-walls massive musical madness.

In addition to all of the hardcore, intense and incredible “hard to believe” talent, energy and passionate musical power under one roof on one night, a film crew will also be on hand to commemorate not only this event, but the memories, music, laughter, and even the tears that was, and is the life of Sam “Ugly” Palmer.

Sam is survived by his mother, Diane of Union City; two brothers, John P. Palmer and his wife, Rachel of Fairview and Patrick A. Palmer of Union City; and life partner, Mary Roward of Erie. Proceeds from this event benefit Sam’s family.

His friends, family, and the entire Erie music scene have lost one of the greatest people the City has ever known, and all of our hearts are truly a bit darker without the incredible light that shined so bright, that was Sam “Ugly” Palmer.

Please make a point of making Scotty’s Martini Lounge your destination this Sunday, and say farewell and celebrate the life, memories and love of Sam Ugly, in true Sam style.

Scotty’s Martini Lounge is located at 301 German St, Erie PA.  Doors open a 12PM.  For more information on this event, please contact Mary Roward or Gary Kum, or visit the Facebook event page.

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