The blues is a form of music that often expresses great sadness and despair, but was in fact born in hope for what life could be, and should be. It is with both sadness, and in a way, hope that we now must let everyone know that AJ Cascio, husband, father, friend, bandleader, bluesman and harp player has passed from this Earthly life to join the great musicians who proceeded him up the Stairway to Heaven.
A bluesman is born into the music, and the music surrounds him, breathes through him and becomes a lifestyle. There is no more poetic way for a bluesman to pass, than to go down on stage doing what you were born to do. While on stage, with a harp to his lips, his son, Tony, holding a guitar by his side, AJ suffered a stroke. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, and with heavy hearts, his family honored his wishes and let him pass.
In New Orleans, funerals often include a parade of musicians dancing down the street. This tradition is practiced due to the belief that when a soul enters Heaven, it is cause for celebration. While AJ will be missed by his family, friends and fans, we find great hope in knowing he is in a better place, and his legacy lives on through his children, grandchildren and all those aspiring musicians he inspired to play a harp and live the blues.
Please check and Refresh this page regularly for an announcement (coming soon) about the date, time and location of an AJ Cascio Memorial Concert.
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