Earlier this week word spread around our music community about the untimely passing of Steve Tambone. The 27-year old most recently acted as the drummer of River City Extension, but was a revered multi-instrumentalist, and a beloved member of our local music community on the Jersey Shore.
A memorial gathering for friends, family, and members of the community who wish to “celebrate the life, love, and passion” of Tambone will be held tomorrow on Wednesday, December 17th at 610 Bangs in Asbury Park. The gathering will include food, spirits, and a live jam from some of Tambone’s friends and favorite collaborators. Donations will also be accepted the door in Tambone’s honor and be donated directly to Lakehouse and the Asbury Park Music Heritage Foundation to help the children of Asbury Park learn, love and play music.
You can find more information on the event here.
This morning River City Extension issued a statement on the loss of Tambone, which you can read below:
We are deeply saddened to share the news that our brother and drummer Steve Tambone has passed away.
A boundlessly talented musician with a heart of gold, he could fill a room with smiles and uncontrollable laughter at the drop of a hat if he wanted to, and just as easily fill it with awe at the inconceivable things he could make a drum set say. He was a top-tier multi-instrumentalist with perfect pitch (we tested him) who could always somehow find deep reserves of “chops” on anything he touched, from guitar, piano, and bass to his well-honed mastery of the trombone (Plus, Meghan can vouch for that night on tour he picked up her viola and started playing “Elephant” like he was a First Chair, never having touched the instrument). Through knowing him and having him become a part of our family, we found out things about ourselves and about music that we could have never perceived without his endlessly positive outlook on life and all that music meant to him. We are forever changed for the better for knowing him, and he will live on in everything that we do for the rest of our lives. Our love right now belongs to his family in their time of mourning.
- The River City Extension Family
Watch Tambone in action below in River City Extension’s recent Audiotree session.