Zay Smith Memorial Service

Zay’s memorial service will be livestreamed:

Saturday, June 20th
9a PT / 10a MT / 11a CT / 12p ET

Two options to watch:



All are welcome. To clarify: this is a stream, you will not be on camera yourself and don’t need to login to any platform! Expect to see speakers and specially prepared musical performances celebrating Zay.

The performance will be archived at these URLs indefinitely for later watching!

Donate to Memorial Fund

Few know this. For years, Zay spent every Sunday night watching his son Bryant perform with Midnight Sun. Established 1976, these world-class soul musicians have backed everyone from The Isley Brothers to Aretha Franklin to Buddy Guy. The community surrounding this little-known Chicago treasure welcomed Zay with open arms. He attended religiously–every week without fail for five years. We were all a big family. And the venues became a second home to him in the darkest times.

Several band members are coping with serious health issues. In the era of Covid-19, it has never been harder for a musician to afford the medical care they need. As his family, it’s our wish that any donations go to support the members of this musical community who are in need. Donate with the button below:

Donate with PayPal button

Henceforth any payment through any of Zay’s donation portals will go directly to them. Honor Zay’s memory with a contribution that will be given to his favorite musicians to help with their healthcare.

Bryant Smith, Zachary Smith & Susy Schultz