— DANVILLE – Two of Davy Jones’ biggest fans will be playing a special tribute concert to the late frontman of The Monkees this Saturday at Lower Mulberry Street’s Brews N Bytes.
Musicians Chris Pick and John Roginski will begin the free concert at 6:30 p.m., playing a variety of songs from both Jones’ solo career and his time with The Monkees.
Pick wrote a song dedicated to Jones, “Finally Free” following the performer’s death in Feb. 2012. Roginski is a member of Monkees tribute band The Monkeephiles, which provided the backing for “Finally Free.”
“Finally Free” is available as a free download at www.chrispick.bandcamp.com.
The performance is meant to raise awareness for a June 28 concert to help raise funds for the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation. Jones frequently rescued race horses that would otherwise be put down and raised them on his farm.
“It’s mostly to raise money to sponsor some of these horses he left behind,” Pick said.
Pick and Roginski met last year at the Beavertown memorial held for Jones, who moved to the area in the mid-80s.
During this time, Pick got the chance to work alongside his childhood idol, helping him with linear notes and tracking down master copies of old recordings. He also regularly helped out with merchandising at shows performed by Jones.
Pick described Jones as a very generous man, always looking to help those who helped him. The “nice guy” character he played on The Monkees’ TV show was pretty much who he was in real life, Pick said. “I think he was the most personable of all The Monkees.”
Pick, who has released music that has charted in both the mainstream and Christian music genres, premiered a John Lennon tribute song in 2000 called “Thank You For The Music.”