The Tributes to Miss Gayiel Von roll on

by Chris Narloch

Several hundred of her friends and fans as well as family members of Sacramento’s late, great cabaret queen Gayiel Von packed in to the Pioneer Congregational Church Monday evening, Jan. 23, to salute her in song and say goodbye.

The star-studded crowd included current Council Member Steve Hansen as well as Sacramento’s new mayor Darrell Steinberg, who spoke jointly of Von’s tremendous talent, heart and public service on behalf of the city she loved and the LGBT community who adored her.

Pioneer Pastor Phil Konz presided over the service and spoke movingly of Gayiel’s powerful voice and spirit, Matias Bombal read from her favorite lyrics, several soloists serenaded her in song, The Celebration Choir raised the roof with a celestial sound, and Von’s beloved pianist and friend Jim Jordan was the music director for the evening, playing some of Gayiel’s favorite music.

For those who missed the Celebration of Life for Miss Von at Pioneer, Jim Jordan is pleased to invite you to join him one more time in remembering and toasting the amazing life of Gayiel Von, with friends, family, and the music she loved.

Tonight, Friday, Jan. 27th from 7-9:30 p.m., Mango’s/Burgertown, at the corner of 20th and K Streets in midtown Sacramento, will host complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and Jordan will preside over the piano. The regular menu and full bar will also be available, so come out and hear some great music and celebrate the life of the one and only Gayiel Von.

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