Another CE Moment: Bonnie Raitt at CEDIA 2001

Bonnie Raitt pays tribute to her brother Steve, a CE pro

Louis Sall and Scott Curtis flank Steve Raitt. The duo shaved their heads to match Steve's chrome dome
Julie Jacobson · September 6, 2009

Remember when Bonnie Raitt played CEDIA Expo 2001? The star payed tribute to her integrator brother Steve Raitt, who was dying of brain cancer—so everyone thought.

“Little did we know at that time that his ‘farewell tour’ was actually just a visit with his many friends in the industry,” says Louis Sall of California Audio Technology. “The CEDIA show was fantastic.”

Steve Raitt, an integrator with the former ProLine and a renowned sound engineer/mixer worked with many local bands in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. He passed away earlier this year. Bonnie Raitt returned to the Twin Cities last month to dedicate a concert to her brother during the Minnesota State Fair.


Steve and Bonnie Raitt with the who’s who of CEDIA


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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at

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