Beginnings – The Ultimate Chicago Tribute Band presents a benefit concert and celebration of the life of Mason Swearingen.
Mike DelGuidice, (of Big Shot and the Billy Joel band), will be featured on bass and lead vocals along with the members of Beginnings, both past and present.
Mason Swearingen, the bassist and lead vocalist of Beginnings from 2004-2019, suddenly passed away on stage at a Long Island performance on August 23, 2019.
Mason’s passion grew into becoming the bandleader of Beginnings. Aside from playing the bass parts and singing the high vocals, he engaged in every fan email, Facebook post, and phone call to every venue and its representation. Mason did all of this and more with a smile. Every “meet and greet” after each show saw Mason shaking hands and smiling in pictures with everyone. The band was on stage for 90 minutes for each show, but the countless hours Mason put in behind the scenes were incalculable.
Mason’s enthusiasm was for the music of Chicago, but more importantly, for the people that came to see the show, for providing for his bandmates, and for making everyone in the venue feel welcome. Every night was more than a tribute; it was a celebration of the power of live music and how it can transport the band and the audience to a better place.
Mike DelGuidice actually had a long connection with Mason prior to the more recent collaborations of Beginnings and Big Shot, who shared several double bill shows together. What’s not commonly known is that as a huge Chicago fan, Mike DelGuidice was not only a founding member of Beginnings, but he also hired Mason to play bass in Big Shot in one of the band’s earliest incarnations.
Upon hearing the news of Mason’s passing, Mike immediately reached out to Beginnings co-founder, Adam Seely, and since then, they have been working together on a tribute that comes full-circle through music, friendship, and a sense of community that we all, and especially Mason, will be a part of forever.
Please join us for a special night on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2019 from 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM at Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall in Wantagh, Long Island, as we raise money to benefit Mason’s wife, Linda, and to celebrate the music of Chicago that we all love, and the life of Mason Swearingen.