Remy Lambert, lead singer and founder of 50 Amp Fuse, a local-award winning tribute band, had just finished playing a set when a man in the audience gestured to him.
The man, a Vietnam veteran sitting in a wheelchair just offstage, had just a short message for Lambert and the band.
It was “thank you.”
“He thanked me for our music, saying ‘you have the gift of being able to take people’s minds off their troubles for a while,’” Lambert recalls, “and I could tell that it meant a lot to him.”
Although that exchange took place more than 10 years ago, Lambert said he and his bandmates are reminded of it every time they take the stage.
“It really stuck with me,” Lambert, of Allen Park, said.
It was — and still is — all about the audience for Lambert and his bandmates: co-founder and bassist David Eversole; drummer Steve Cooley; keyboardist Alan Frost; guitar player Duffy King; and singers Kent Koller and Jason Harper.
The group, which has garnered a large local following in the 13 years since they began, will bring that same passion and soul when the take the stage at the Livonia Spree from 7-11 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, kicking off the first of five days of free concerts.
Featuring music from the 1960s to the present, 50 Amp Fuse will play a wide variety of music and medleys, including hits such as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” other hits from bands such as The Who and Led Zeppelin to artists Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake.
“We try to introduce younger people to the older stuff and older people to the younger stuff,” Lambert said.
Their musical sets also include “mash-ups,” crowd favorites that weave different songs together into a fresh, new musical composition.
“We keep the music upbeat to try and embrace the audience and make a connection,” Lambert said, adding that group is looking forward to the playing at the Spree.
Playing the stage in Livonia has a special feel, he said, “Livonia is like a second home to us. We have played there so many times. We like seeing old friends and making new ones,” he said.
The Spree’s free concert series is a longtime favorite with festival-goers offering an opportunity to sample tunes from some of the area’s top musical acts covering a range of musical genres.