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Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens to pay tribute to John Lennon on December 8

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Iconic musician John Lennon’s life will be celebrated at Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens on Sunday, December 8 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. This December 8 marks the 33rd anniversary of Lennon's murder in New York City.

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Leoma Lovegrove will host SW Florida musician Jim Tucke in a tribute performance, Strawberry Fields Forever: Remembering John Lennon. Tucke will recreate the Lennon/Beatles experience in both costume and song.

If you were to ask Tucke's mother, she'd tell you that it's not surprising that her son is recreating Lennon's portfolio of songs. As a youngster, it was Ringo Star that Jim emulated, banging incessantly on his mother's pots and pans without mercy for the cookware or the family's ears. Finally, his mother gave in and bought her son a drum set, and a drummer was born. But Jim went on to learn piano and now he combines drums, piano and vocals simultaneously in a solo act that he has taken around Southwest Florida for years.

“Lennon’s lyrics played to the times with classics such as Give Peace a Chance and Imagine,” Lovegrove said. “But he also touched hearts with the likes of All You Need Is Love. His music has inspired my paintings for years. This will bethe twelfth tribute we have given on Matlacha Island celebrating Lennon’s life with song and paintings.”

Lovegrove has numerous Beatle-themed art works that make it possible to take a little bit of Liverpool home. Arrive by boat or car, enjoy Strawberries & Cream and feel free to sing along. The event is free.

Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens is located at 4637 Pine Island Rd. NW, Matlacha Island. For more information, please call (239) 283-6453.

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