‘Feel the Love of Christmas’ One Last Time
WHEELING — The legacy of the late B.E. Taylor, singer/songwriter/musician, lives on in the music that can only be described as filled with love. Taylor, a Wheeling resident and Pennsylvania native, died Aug. 7, 2016 after an almost decade-long battle with brain cancer.
Taylor’s annual “Feel the Love” Christmas concerts filled theaters and halls from New Castle, Pennsylvania to Wheeling for years.
For the final time, Taylor’s son “B.C,” brother Dan, fellow performers Rick Witkowski, Hermie Granati, Jeff Jimerson and Jamie Peck, and other band mates, are paying tribute to him this month by staging the final “Feel The Love: Celebrating a B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert” in Wheeling.
The final concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, at the Capitol Theatre. Performances also took place this earlier month at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle, Pennsylvania; at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh; at the Kovalchick Convention & Athletic Center at the Idiana University of Pennsylvania.
For tickets, go to www.feeltheloveofchristmas.com.
“It’s sad to say and hard to believe we’re saying this is the last one,” Dan Taylor said. “It’s such a demanding task and all of us are busy that we decided it was time (to end the concerts).”
He added that anyone who has not been to a concert or thinks it will be available next year, needs to attend a concert this year. “We are giving the people this opportunity one last time. If you are thinking about it, you should make plans to go now.”
B.C. Taylor, a professional drummer pursuing his own success from California to Nashville, and now on a radio tour, will take center stage to bring the traditions of his father’s concerts to fans.
“We will have a few surprises and changes, but we’re not changing the feel or atmosphere of this celebration. And that was what it was for my dad, a celebration of Christmas,” B.C. said.
The band plans to bring some of their favorite songs from years past back to this final show, and change up the order of songs to be performed.
“Whether you are in the Christmas spirit or struggling with your faith, being in that atmosphere, you can’t help but leave with a smile on your face. That’s what it’s all about.”
The performance also will feature other family members including B.C.’s cousin Baily Taylor who recently moved to Nashville to pursue her singing career.
“This has never been about me,” B.C. commented. “I want it to be a full house at each performance with everyone on their feet because that’s what he (B.E.) would want. He was a loving and giving person not only on stage but off stage. He is the best man I’ve ever known.”