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Fellow musicians to celebrate life and music of late Michael Heaton of Montgomery

'Celebrate the Big Life of Michael Heaton' planned Feb. 15 at Two Brothers Roundhouse

Friends of musician Michael Heaton, who passed away in December, will celebrate his life and music as part of the "Big Life of Michael Heaton," which will be held from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Feb. 15 at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway Ave., Aurora.
Friends of musician Michael Heaton, who passed away in December, will celebrate his life and music as part of the "Big Life of Michael Heaton," which will be held from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Feb. 15 at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway Ave., Aurora.

AURORA – Musician Michael Heaton didn't want people to mourn his death.

Instead, it was his desire that people celebrate his life and music. The 1985 Batavia High School graduate, who lived in Montgomery, passed away in December following a battle with cancer.

"Mike wanted a celebration of his life," said fellow musician Pete Lindenmeyer, who is helping put together "Celebrate the Big Life of Michael Heaton," which will be held from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Feb. 15 at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway Ave., Aurora. "It's been hard for all of us who were good friends with him, but he wanted more of a party and that's kind of what everyone is working to put together."

"Big Life" was one of Heaton's songs. Lindenmeyer will also perform at the event along with other musicians, including Heaton's bandmates.

From 7 to 9 p.m., friends and family will gather at the event and the live music will take place from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. During his life, Heaton was always trying to help others, so it is fitting the night will also serve as a benefit for the family of toddler Wrenley Rose Pavels, who passed away in late January after battling idiopathic aplastic anemia, a rare blood disorder that affects the bone marrow.

"Mike wanted to have his life and music celebrated and have it help somebody else too," Lindenmeyer said.

Wrenley's parents, Paul Pavels and Kristine Bambule of Batavia, are long-time members of the Two Brothers family as bartenders at the brewery. A $10 donation is being requested that will go toward the family.

"Everyone is welcome to come at 7 p.m.," Lindenmeyer said. "The music will start at 9 p.m."

Musicians that Heaton performed with as part of the Michael Heaton Band will perform that night as well as other musicians who were his friends. Heaton's songs will take the spotlight that night.

Lindenmeyer will share the mic with other musicians, including Dave Ramont, Pete Jive, Kevin Trudo, Noah Gabriel and Dave Sills.

"It's going to be like a Michael Heaton show," he said. "It's going to be his songs and/or songs he would have put into a set. It's going to be celebrating the life and music of Michael Heaton."

Lindenmeyer was a friend of Heaton's along with being a fan of his music.

"Over the years, I had a high level of love and respect for this guy," he said. "He walks into the room and he's just got the biggest heart. He carried so much positive energy with him. It was just kind of infectious."

He also felt a connection with Heaton's songs.

"I could put on one of his albums and instantly connect with what he was talking about," Lindenmeyer said. "He was very relatable."

During the night, Heaton's acoustic guitar that he played throughout the years will be on stage.

"It's going to be pretty cool because we're going to have it up on stage the whole night and be playing it," Lindenmeyer said. "We're going to celebrate Mike and party. It's 100 percent a night of Michael Heaton."

If you go

WHAT: "Celebrate the Big Life of Michael Heaton" concert gathering

WHERE: Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), Aurora

WHEN: 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Feb. 15

COST: $10 donation requested to help Batavia family with child's medical expenses

INFO: twobrothersbrewing.com/restaurants/roundhouse, 630-264-2739

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