This weekend, local bands and their supporters will gather for two days of shows at two different locations, but with one goal in mind: raising as much money as possible for Kelsie Ring, the victim of a devastating motorcycle accident that occurred on August 15. She currently remains in a coma, and with the inevitability of expensive medical bills, she needs the help of her local music scene.
The first of two benefit shows will take place on Friday, October 2, at the Savage Yard in Indianapolis. Kicking off at 5:30 p.m., this show will feature Hogarth, Everyone Leaves, We Love You, Dropkick, Oceans Grey, Chipped Teeth, Guilt Trip and Sermos. Admission to this show will cost $10 and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Kelsie’s recovery fund. Chipped Teeth and Hogarth will have donation boxes at their merch tables for those who would like to donate more.
The second benefit show will be on the following day, Saturday, October 3, at Cj Jones’ home, 104 W. Windsor St. in Montpelier. Starting at 5:00 p.m., the garage bash will feature Continue The Story, Tall Tales, Hogarth, We Love You and Archives. Admission to this show will also cost $10 and all funds that are raised will go to Kelsie. In addition to the funds collected from admission, Archives and Tall Tales will be donating the profits from their merch sales to the cause as well.
“The fact that the show Saturday is close to where Kelsie lived and is around where all of her friends and family live is helping the draw a lot, because I know that everyone in our small community wants to help as much as they can. I’m expecting most of the people there to be people who have never been to a show before. I think that that’s a good thing, because it will hopefully make more people aware that the music scene does exist around here and is very alive, and they’ll want to start coming to shows more often and add to our scene!” said Cj Jones, showhost and bassist of Hogarth.
Local supporters are encouraged to attend both shows in an effort to raise the most money possible. Members of the bands performing are also encouraged to donate the $10 entry fee. Baked goods and other foods may be available with profits being donated to the cause.
“The show’s for an amazing cause to help an amazing person who has their entire life ahead of them. The more money raised, the better chance she has at getting the care she needs so she can live the rest of her life happily and with as little restriction as possible,” said Jones.
For those who are interested in donating but are unable to attend the show, a GoFundMe is available for anyone who would like to help out. As of today, over $1000 has been raised—that’s more than halfway to the target goal of $2000.
“It’s incredible and almost unbelievable to me that so many people, including myself, are able to raise this money for Kelsie,” said Jones.
To donate to Kelsie’s GoFundMe, click here.
Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield