, bassist and vocalist for New London’s most iconic rock back, The Reducers, died at his home in Quaker Hill on June 12 at the age of 57. His death from cancer came shortly before a benefit planned for 7 p.m. on Friday at New London's to raise money toward his medical expenses.
The event will still be held on June 15 as planned but now, sadly, it will double as a memorial.
"We lost Steve Kaika … but take comfort in the great memories and music he created," a message on the website of The Reducers reads. "Friday night's show in New London will continue as a benefit, memorial and celebration of Steve’s life."
Performers at the show will include Ken Atkins and the Honky Tonk Kind, Dogbite, The Original Sinners, and The Rivergods. A suggested $10 donation may be paid at the event, or advance tickets may be purchased at , , and as well as the Mystic locations of Imagine Fantasy Gifts and Mystic Disc.
Several other local bars are joining the effort with benefits to help the family pay Kaika’s medical bills: , the , and the will be holding concerts on Friday for the over 21 crowd.
33 Golden Street will feature the Rachel Carson Band, Anne Castellano and the Smoke, and Catfish Phillips. Dirt Road Radio, Harper and Owens, and The Meadows Brothers will play at El N Gee. The Oasis Pub lineup has Burnouts From Outer Space, Incognito Sofa Love, and Daphne Lee Martin. The cover for each show is $5.