A concert to celebrate the life of Stacy Fleeman 

There's a video posted on YouTube that begins, like so many thousands of others, with a slightly blurry band getting ready to play a song. In this case, the blurry band is The Destructions, and they're standing onstage at The End. They announce that they're about to do a cover of '90s Nashville alt-rock greats Spider Virus, and then, as in so many Web videos, the sound quality immediately goes squishy and opaque once they start bombarding the camera's primitive microphone. The club seems mostly empty, but the band plays hungrily anyway as a title scrolls up: "A moment from the night we met Stacy Fleeman. We regret that we did not get to know him better, but we will always have this...."

And soon Fleeman—the affable record label head, musician, doorman and local rock superfan who passed away on Aug. 23—enters the frame, pressing himself against the front of the stage and excitedly shouting along to "Wise Guy," his right hand pumping in time with the music, forefinger and pinky extended in the iconic horned formation. Spider Virus is a band that a lot of people forgot, if they ever knew about them in the first place, but Stacy did not forget. If you were a band that was loyal to rocking the fuck out, Stacy Fleeman was loyal to you.

This Saturday, people loyal to Fleeman will pack The End to remember him and celebrate his life the way he would want it celebrated: loudly, and with guitars. In addition to playing music and releasing it, Fleeman was first and foremost a lover (though the term seems hardly adequate) of all things rock 'n' roll. A bevy of bands associated with his Spat! Records label will take the stage, including a reunited Silent Friction, Fall With Me, The Billy Goats, Inglewood, Creeping Cruds, Fire Walk With Me, Jah's Addiction and the aforementioned Destructions. Closing out the night will be Stacy's band until he died, dharmakaya—the one act of the night that most sharply will remind everyone both how large his absence is, and how tangible his impact on the local rock scene.

Email sharuch@nashvillescene.com.


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