Crazy Fingers' Peter Lavezzoli: "Corey Dwyer Was Unlike Any Other Musician"

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"In spite of his many creative interests, Corey was often the most consistently hard working member of Crazy Fingers," Lavezzoli remembers. "Whether he was setting up the PA at the regular weekly gigs, or often showing up as one of the only official band members present when other members were either sick or out of town, Corey kept Crazy Fingers going year after year."

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According to Lavezzoli, Dwyer rarely took time off, which, he says, took a toll on his personal life and creative output. "For most of the last decade of Corey's life, Crazy Fingers had slowed down on writing new original material and mostly focused on working as much as possible on the South Florida live music circuit," he explains. "During a time of economic recession, live bands needed to double down and focus their efforts on steady work if they wanted to survive, and that's exactly what Crazy Fingers did. This was certainly a recipe for the band's survival, but not for the songwriting ambitions of Corey or Bubba Newton, and it's safe to say that Corey became creatively frustrated, feeling the long-term effects of running on the tribute-band treadmill year after year."

Happily, the routine didn't damper Dwyer's spirits. "Corey was a fun-loving and engaging live performer, and very much a people person, so he was always able to find joy and friendship in the Crazy Fingers audience," Lavezzoli says. "It was Corey's jovial spirit and lively onstage demeanor that will be sorely missed. Although everyone in the band is musically accomplished, Corey was easily the most comfortable stage performer, always engaging the audience and his fellow band members with his infectious sense of joy and soulful expression."

Sadly, the band now has to focus on the difficult task of finding someone to fill the gap Dwyer left behind. "Showmanship on Corey's level is difficult to replace," Lavezzoli muses. "It's hard enough to find good musicians, but it's even harder to find good musicians who also have great stage presence, especially on such a variety of instruments."

Not surprisingly, the band is devastated by Dwyer's loss, a loss that Lavezzoli and his band mates have only begun to try and process. "Corey has left a void in the band that will be difficult to fill," he maintains. "It's safe to say that no one will ever be able to do all the things for Crazy Fingers that Corey was able to do. And yet, the band must and will continue, with the renewed purpose of honoring Corey's legacy. We'll continue to play the original material that he brought to the band, and hopefully one day return to the studio to finish our CD, which is something that Corey definitely would have wanted."

A Corey Dwyer Memorial Benefit, 2 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, May 25, at the Backyard, 511 NE Fourth St., Boynton Beach. The show is free with a suggested minimum donation of $10 at the door. Visit crazyfingers.net.

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