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"Paulie Fest" honors the life of a local musician

"Paulie Fest" honors the life of a local musician


MADISON (WKOW)-- Friends celebrated the life of local musician Paul Heenan, the man who died in an officer-involved shooting last year.

Organizers call Friday night's celebration "Paulie Fest." The music started at 7:00 pm at the High Noon Saloon in Madison. The opening act featured the Oregon High School band.

Heenan was a 2003 graduate of Oregon High school and played in the jazz band. His music teacher organized four student bands to perform in his memory. Three other local bands that performed and collaborated with Heenan also performed on stage.

"Our goal here is to raise some money to donate to the Fender Music Foundation in his name. The Fender Music Foundation puts money and instruments into school music programs. The pairing of Paulie Fest and that charitable organization just seemed like the perfect pairing," Paulie Fest co-organizer Josh Peterson says.

Organizers say the event has nothing to do with recent efforts to keep Madison police officer Stephen Heimsness, the officer who shot Heenan, off patrol. The two day music festival continues Saturday night with music starting at 7:00 pm.

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