Walk Off the Earth to gather with fans, friends as they remember bandmate ‘Beard Guy’
Devoted fans of Youtube pop act Walk Off the Earth will gather Sunday afternoon in the band’s hometown for an all-star concert dedicated to Mike Taylor, the steely-eyed and stoic keyboardist simply known as “Beard Guy.” The Burlington, Ont.-raised musician, who died in his sleep on Dec. 30, will be celebrated by friends and fellow musicians with a free acoustic show featuring members of the Barenaked Ladies, Arkells, Scott Helman and others.
It’s an event that Taylor would’ve loved, because it’ll unite the many different circles of his life, said his bandmate Gianni (Luminati) Nicassio ahead of the tribute. He was a prominent member of the community not only as a musician, but a local hockey coach and owner of a shipping business.
“It’s going to be a really good testament of how the community comes together in hard times of loss,” Nicassio said. Taylor’s role in Walk Off the Earth rocketed him to unexpected fame in early 2012 after the group’s Youtube cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” captured international attention.