The scene outside Fifth Element record store Monday. / Photo by Jeff Wheeler

The scene outside Fifth Element record store Monday. / Photo by Jeff Wheeler

 

A memorial service for Mikey (Eyedea) Larsen has been scheduled for next Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in downtown St. Paul. Everyone is welcome to come out and pay their respects that night from 7:30-10 p.m. Plans are still coming together for a musical tribute/fundraiser, likely to take place at First Ave next month. The announcement for next week's service was sent out with a collection of loving quotes. Here are some of them:

Kathy Averill: "Dear Son: Always remember that whereever you go and whatever you do, my love will always be with you. I knew before you were born that you were going to affect the world. I didn’t know how or with what gift, but now I do. You have given me the most joy, trouble, happiness, and pain. Now it’s time for the rest of us to step up and be the humans you know we can be. All my love, -Mom"

Gregory (Max) Keltgen, aka DJ Abilities: “Mike was the closest friend I ever had. He was as caring as he was brilliant and was a true prodigy. I am honored to have been in his life and to have created with him and help spread his messages. He was a great human being and he will be missed.”

Christopher Keller, aka Kristoff Krane: "Micheal had more influence on me as a human being that anyone ever has and I assume ever will. He taught me how to listen to myself and to others. He taught me how to acknowledge my true desires and to face my attempts to escape. He taught me how to express myself. He pushed me, but never too hard; he was a gentle friend. He was never too busy to just be there with me when I needed him. Of all the questions I still have for him and for all the unfinished business we will never get to complete together, I know one thing. I know that he wanted everyone to hear his message and I will make sure that that happens."

Murs: "Eyedea was the purest artist I have ever met. An all around amazing human bieng. Great rapper. And a better friend."

Alexei (Cresent Moon) Casselle: "I started performing with Eyedea & Abilities as their ‘hype-man/back-up vocalist’ in 1997 when we were all still in high school. I was hugely influenced by such talented and passionate artists and even back then I knew that Mikey was special and would leave a lasting impact on music or whatever he decided to do with himself. Mikey always pushed the boundaries of what was accepted as truth and commonplace and was always reaching for something greater. He made everyone around him better because he had such a confidence and charisma about him that it was infectious and impossible to ignore."

Eyedea & Abilities

Eyedea & Abilities