The Chicago music world is mourning the death of The Bad Examples bassist Tom "Pickles" Piekarski.
A celebration of the life of Piekarski will take place August 14 at FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. The memorial will open to the public at 7 p.m. following a private service for the family. During the memorial, many of the musicians he worked with are expected to perform.
Along with being a member of The Bad Examples, Pickles, played bass (and sometimes sang) with John Prine, Famous Potatoes, Mike Jordan & The Rockamatics, Betsy & The Boneshakers, The Blue Balls, JP & The Cats, Bucky Halker, and in the studio with Ralph's World and many other artists who recorded for Waterdog Records.In accordance with Pickles' stature as the winner of FitzGerald's first Jambalaya Cookoff and his wishes for a New Orleans-style party, jambalaya will be served and guests are invited to bring food or desserts.