Lubbock venues plan tribute for rock legend Taylor

The infamous rock 'n' roll swagger of late guitar legend Jesse Taylor will return to Lubbock Wednesday with a closing reception and musical tribute hosted by the Texas Tech Southwest Collections Library.

The event will kick-off with a closing reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, 511 Ave. K, and will continue into the night with a musical tribute from Jesse “Guitar” Taylor’s friends and fans hosted by the Tornado Gallery, 1822 Buddy Holly Avenue.

“Jesse was an amazing artist visually later in his life and probably one of the hottest guitar players around,” said Larry Simmons, co-owner of the Tornado Gallery. “We’d love for people to come out and enjoy tributes from his friends and fans like Mike Pritchard, Robin Griffin, and Jimmy Mason and other artists.”

The musical celebration and tribute is free and open to the public, said Simmons, with donations accepted for local musicians and artists Wednesday evening at the gallery.

Wednesday’s tribute will include a display of Taylor’s later artwork and posters at the Underwood Center for the Arts, said Nola Richards, coordinator of Exhibits for the Center, which is also free and open to the public.

“The show is about a musician who is also an artist and features posters of his concerts and drawings that people can come and see,” Richards said. “The Tech Southwest Collections Library also archives all of his work, which will be featured during the show.”

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