June 30, 2008

Music Scene Mourns Craig Yerkes

Craig Yerkes, the lead guitarist for a San Diego Americana band called The Grams, was killed around 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning in a one-car crash in Bonsall. He and The Grams were scheduled to play at the Ocean Beach Street Fair that afternoon.

Following are some reports about the accident.

KFMB-TV Video About Craig's Accident

SignOnSanDiego.com Article About The Accident

San Diego CityBeat Blog Article With Comments

Photos Of Craig By Dan Chusid With Comments

I didn't know Craig very well, but I crossed paths with him many times over the last few years when I was out shooting music photos, and I liked him quite a lot. He always was smiling and laughing when I saw him, and that always made me smile too.

On June 14th, my friend Marsi and I made a last-minute decision to accept an invitation from Chuck and Joanna Schiele to go to the house concert The Grams were performing that night in Harbison Canyon, and I'm glad we went, as that wonderful evening will be my last memory of Craig. I shot this photo that night.

My heart is with his sister Marcia, who I know better than I knew Craig, and to his wife Elise and all their family and friends.

Posted at 2:31 PM in In Memoriam, Music