PITTSBURG — Heavy Metal headbangers are coming together to support a family that suffered from a house fire in December.
Marc Lowe — who does sound and production for local concerts under the name Toubabo Koomi — organized the Ed and Marilyn Jackson Benefit Concert, which begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at T.J. Leland’s. The event will include performances by six bands, as well as a raffle and door prizes to raise money for the family.
Ed and Marilyn lost everything in the fire, as did their grandson, Noah, who lived with them. Lowe said while he does sound for concerts, he enjoys doing benefits and wanted to help the family.
“I do sound for a lot of local bands,” he said. “But I love doing benefits, anything that can help people.”
The evening will include performances from local bands In’ere, Death by Zombie and Soheil Al Fard, as well as Neosho, Missouri’s The Veer Option, Parson’s Elder Earth and Springfield Missouri’s IX. A five dollar cover charge will be admission for the event, and proceeds will go to the family.
Three guitars will also be raffled at the event. Two guitars were donated by bands, including one from Soheil Al Fard — Lowe’s sons’ band — which will be signed by all the bands. Two other guitars were donated by the guitarist of Death by Zombie and a local yoga instructor.
“You can’t tell me someone doesn’t need help after something devastating like a house fire,” Lowe said. “A lot of people — especially the bands — have stepped up to help.
“Heavy Metal has always gotten kind of a bad rap, but that is not the case.”
Lowe also took donations for household items and clothing for the family. Information on the family’s clothing sizes can be found on the Ed and Marilyn Jackson Benefit Concert event page on Facebook.
Lowe said he hopes to have a good turnout of people to listen to good music for a good cause — or as he has termed it: headbangers helping people.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.