“Three Days in Ferriday,” the Jerry Lee Lewis Funeral Legacy will be presented by Michael Kuk at the Sabine Theater Saturday, May 27, at 7 p.m.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime event of Louisiana’s music history. The King of Swamp Pop, Michael Kuk, will share a unique story that tells of his “Three Days in Ferriday,” surrounding the funeral of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jerry Lee Lewis.
The program starts at 7 p.m. and the doors open at 6. It will be a first-hand presentation of the historical weekend that encompassed the visitation and final solemn honors rendered to the musical legend in his hometown.
The overall program will contain a slide show, with dialogue detailing each scene and the events surrounding the moment. Special music of rare and unknown songs of “The Killer” will also be presented live by the Chief of the Keyboards at the end of the program.
And finally, at the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will hear the solemn and very beautiful arrangement of “Amazing Grace,” as performed by Chief Kuk on his Zydeco accordion. He began playing the piece as the casket of Jerry Lee Lewis crossed the threshold of the funeral home’s chapel and was then loaded into the snow-white hearse for the last leg of the journey for burial.
It should be noted that Michael Kuk’s participation was the only “live” music performed during the funeral, by special request of the Lewis family, and it is notable that one of West Louisiana’s residents was accorded this honor.
Admission to the program is by donation, and everyone is invited to attend.
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