Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Rollin' on the River Siege Concert

As part of a continuing effort to help a local teen with lymphoblastic leukemia, and up-and-coming artist will perform a benefit concert at 6:00 p.m., June 20 at the Vicksburg City Auditorium.

Sean McConnell, a Boston native who has written songs recorded by Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley, has agreed to play for free.

If all started with a handful of people who wanted to help 18-year old Kyle Coleson, his mother, Lisa, and 14-year-old brother, Cody, who has a mild form of cerebral palsy. Since early March, that group has grown to 500 plus people.

"We just wanted to try to do anything we could to help Kyle out, and we knew the community would be happy to do it," said Coleson's cousin Dan Muirhead. Muirhead's mother, Shanna, - Coleson's aunt - has a relative who works for Warner/Chappell Music in Nashville and connected the planners to musician McConnell.

If you go - Tickets can be purchase at the door for $15.00 or in advance for $10.00 at various locations. You can call Vicksburg Main Street at 601-634-4527 and they can give you that information. T-shirts are $12.00 and are being designed by Warren Central High School student Turner Reeves, 17, son of Keith Reeves and Marnie Farrell. The "Siege of Leukemia" shirt plays off Vicksburg's Civil War history and shows two "USS Cure" gunboats firing at a red blood cell, a reference to the cancer.

County Junction and Goldie's Express will provide food, and Brown Bottling Group will supply drinks. Local businesses have donated gift certificates and other items to be raffled for $1 at the concert.

For other information, visit the Kyle Coleson Foundation at Facebook.com or contact Candice Park at 601-529-0018 or candice_prk@yahoo.com or Ashley Baker at 601-218-0506 or ashbake21@gmail.com

Kyle Coleson and Sean McConnell

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