Brickroom restaurant on the Ashland Plaza will host the Musical Medicine benefit concert with all cover charge proceeds going to help pay medical bills for Zenith Kawzi Umojah, an 11-year-old Ashland boy battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia for the third time. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29.
Local artists Marv Ellis, Alcyon Massive, Verbs & Nouns, Joystar and DJ Ears Mysterious are coming together to perform for free and support Zenith. The cover charge is a minimum $10 donation.
"Alcyon is a big name in Southern Oregon," Zenith's dad Kenyon Whyte says of the hip-hop reggae group. "It's going to be a treat for everybody."
"It feels really wonderful that the community is coming together to support Zenith," says Zenith's mom Brittany Greenfield. "It isn't something you can put into words, but we feel overwhelming love and gratitude. No one should ever have to go through this with their child, ever. So, it is nice to know that people truly care about and support his journey to health."
Whyte, who is also one of the event performers, DJ Ears Mysterious, says, "I'm just feeling blessed to be in this community and have the circle of friends that I'm connected with. I'm kind of speechless. It's so much more than I could ask."
In addition, proceeds will be donated from a raffle for prizes donated by local businesses. Tickets can be purchased at the event. Anyone wishing to donate items to the raffle can contact event organizer Shelby Zamboni at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone who would like to donate to Zenith's healing can visit his YouCaring page at www.youcaring.com/brittanyquarlesgreenfield-815704, where there are more photos and details.
To learn more about the event, visit the event Facebook page "Musical Medicine a Benefit for Zenith."