GoFundMe campaign started to help set up a college fund for the much-loved bassist’s son.
By Fred Mills
Sad news for the rock ‘n’ roll world, particularly those based in San Diego: we’ve belatedly learned that Steve Rodriguez, of San Diego’s Dragons (Mario Escovedo’s band; Escovedo is the younger brother of Alejandro and Javier), passed away unexpectedly from a sudden illness on July 21, at the age of 48.
A San Diego native, Rodriguez had been in the punk/roots-rocking Dragons through their 15-year career, 1991-2005, which saw the release of seven full-length. There was also a brief 2014 reunion. According to music site RockandRollJunkie.com, he also had played in the Zeros, MEX and Mad Juana, more recently wielding bass for San Diego’s Saint Shameless.
There is to be a memorial concert spearheaded by the surviving members of the Dragons at San Diego’s Casbah club on August 2. In addition, a GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help Rodriguez’ widow Jamie defray expenses and to establish a college fund for his 15-year old son Jamie. Donations can be made HERE.
Rocker Steve Poltz has penned a lengthy remembrance of Rodriguez at his blog, saying, in part, “Steve was and is an angel. His death reverberates and ripples through our little scene and beyond. He’ll be missed so much.”
And over at the Alejandro Escovedo-led Fauntleroys Facebook page a heartfelt post read, simply, “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Steve Rodriguez, so sad to lose him. Viva The Dragons, and we love you Mario Escovedo!” And Mario posted a home video-styled Dragons tribute to Rodriguez at YouTube, “Fade,” adding the words “It breaks my heart to tell you all about the passing of Steve Rodriguez. Steve died on Tuesday July 21st, 2015 at 8:15pm. Too Soon.” Watch it, below.