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Memorial service for rock musician today

Family, friends honor Suburban Legends' Dave Hernandez starting 9:30 a.m.

Posted: August 3, 2008 9:46 p.m.
Updated: October 5, 2008 5:02 a.m.

The sudden death of a local rocker has prompted Santa Clarita musicians to play in his honor and try to raise college money for the man's surviving children.

Local guitarist and singer Dave Fernandez, of the band Suburban Legend, died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack.

He and his band were popular regular fixtures at both the Londoner Pub in Canyon Country and The Roast House on Bouquet Canyon Road.

"When they played people got up and danced," said Lisa Prather, Londoner entertainment manager. "They would get up and have a good time."

Fernandez, in his early 50s, is survived by his wife, Kim, and sons Daniel, Nathaniel and Michael.

A memorial service is scheduled to take place today at Christ Lutheran Church.

Fernandez's widow is asking anyone wishing to show their respect to make monetary donations to a college fund set up for the children in lieu of flowers.

Viewing is set up between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. with the service scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

"Those who knew Dave, know what a tremendous loss this is to all of us," Prather said. "He was a kind, sweet man who loved music, his friends and his family.

Suburban Legend played frequently at The Londoner, and are a big part of "our family," she added.

"He always had a big smile on his face every time he took the stage."

Two days before he died, Fernandez was in the audience applauding fellow local band, The Grizwalds.

Now, The Grizwalds will be performing a show in his honor at The Londoner pub Aug. 9 as a fundraiser to raise money for the college fund.

As well, the Londoner is giving anyone a $10 gift certificate (good towards food) to anyone who donates $5 to the college fund.

Suburban Legend and The Grizwalds were great friends and would often perform together at The Londoner.

The Saturday show will be a particular performance dedicated to Dave Fernandez. The show starts at 9 p.m.

Suburban Legend is a classic rock cover band from Santa Clarita, playing favorite songs from the 1970s and 1980s.

They can be heard on their Web site playing songs such as "Heartbreaker" and "Ramblin' Man."


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