Angiepalooza to try again

Tim Tinnin is planning a street dance to celebrate the life of his  wife, Angie, who died in December.

Tim Tinnin is planning a street dance to celebrate the life of his wife, Angie, who died in December.

Tim Tinnin wanted one more dance with his late wife Angie, who loved local live music.

He knows many others who have grieved the loss of their young spouses, but they’ve not had the chance to celebrate that life.

A street dance at the intersection of High and Madison streets from 4-11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 will be just that — a celebration of life.

For those who appreciate local bands, it will be a night to kick it up with good dance music from Soul Root, Cherry Pistols, Low Man Road and Five Turn Knot.

“I don’t think people realize the talent stock here,” Tinnin said. “They’re going to be blown away.”

And for anyone who has lost a loved one but hasn’t had the chance to look back and publicly enjoy that relationship, they’re invited to bring a large photo to set on the stage during the celebration.

“It’s not a cryfest,” Tinnin said. “We’ll get our cellphones in the air and acknowledge how awesome our people were.”

The Angiepalooza Facebook page “exploded” when the street dance was announced, Tinnin said.

“If a fraction of (the 17,000 hits) shows up, we’ll have a whale of a show.”

Tim met Angie at the Missouri Highway Patrol Troop F, where they both worked, as he was organizing barbecue benefits for local families in crisis, raising more than $100,000 during its tenure.

“Some people get a bad slate some times,” Tinnin said. “We could make it better for them.”

When Angie Tinnin died in December at the age of 39, a result of colon cancer, Tim emotionally had a meltdown.

Tapping into their success with low-key, in-house events, Tim focused his energy on creating the June Angiepalooza — a party for Angie with nine local bands.

Without heavy rains affecting the event at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds, the street dance may never have taken shape, Tinnin said.

“To me, this is Angie’s legacy, a natural extension of helping people,” he said. “I believe this is supposed to happen.

“I want people who didn’t know her to think she must have been one cool girl; that’s the positive that keeps me going.”

Unlike the June event, which required tickets, the street dance is free.

Any proceeds from either event, which Tinnin intends to continue annually, will benefit Safety Net, a support organization for survivors of emergency responders who die in the line of duty.

The June event raised about $6,000.

This time, Tinnin said he is expecting the street dance, a rare occurrence these days, to be a great time.

And for young people who have experienced loss, the opportunity to pay tribute may resonate.

“We had our mourning; we can’t bring them back,” Tinnin said. “But they’re with us; this is our celebration.”

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