BOZEMAN — A musician recognised for brightening the streets of downtown Bozeman, buying his guitar, has handed absent.
“Every time I’d stroll downtown, there would be Elisha participating in the guitar and singing and it always brought a smile to my experience,” mentioned Olivia Davis who has lived in Bozeman for nearly 2 many years.
She states she feels fortunate to have gotten to hear 69-calendar year-outdated Elisha Mann actively playing the blues on a single of his several guitars.
“I by no means genuinely interacted with him a total large amount but just figuring out he was there brought a whole lot of light and energy to the town,” claimed Davis.
Davis is just a person of lots of who has been touched by Elisha’s new music.
“I employed to wander down to the Co-Op for lunch and I’d constantly see Elisha on the corner in front of Schnee’s and we’d always wave and in some cases he’d cease actively playing and we’d chat for a little bit,” said Tyler James who functions at Tunes Villa off Principal Road.
James met Elisha in 2003 and states he was normally variety to his fellow musicians.
“Elisha was a very particular person,” claimed James. “He cherished all people, he loved songs, he was gracious and just one of all those guys who would go out of his way to make the nearby musicians come to feel good about what they were being undertaking.”
On March 21, James received the news that Elisha had passed absent, his battle with most cancers now more than.
“I was quite emotional about it,” said James. “I just cannot feel I’ll by no means see him yet again.”
Quite a few folks have talked about on social media that the streets of downtown Bozeman won’t be the exact with no him.
“I assume individuals are seriously gonna pass up him,” explained James.
But he’ll undoubtedly never ever be neglected.
“Music delivers a local community collectively and with no hearing that music it’s certainly gonna really feel a minimal lonely for a when,” claimed Davis.
Below is an e mail despatched to MTN from Elisha Mann’s Wife:
Thank you so much for functioning the tale about Elisha Mann and his tunes downtown. It indicates so incredibly substantially to us, his family members and close friends. We are holding a celebration of life for him on Saturday April 8th at 2:00 p.m. at the Bozeman Senior Heart at 807 North Tracy Ave. Bozeman Montana 59715…All are welcome. We hope that you could incorporate this announcement to your story. Thank you Jolee for executing the tale. Elisha experienced described to me that he experienced spoken to you from time to time downtown. We are so grateful for all of the neighborhood aid.. it is such a blessing at this sort of a challenging time. I discovered the films that were being aired have been from YouTube. A pair of years ago we moved all his songs to rumble.com [rumble.com]. So you will see lots of films of Elisha taking part in downtown which includes one particular that was recorded one particular week just before he handed absent. He has on his Rumble web page above 500 movies due to the fact he not only performed in this neighborhood and over and above at quite a few venues he also self- produced many dozen albums. So pilgrimroad is his channel @ Rumble.com…. Thank you once more so pretty substantially. ( His obituary is up @ the Dokken-Nelson site if you would like to browse…)
Susan Mann (Elisha’s spouse of just about 52 decades)