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Rock For Brazil 2 set

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Matt Brookshire organized the first Rock For Brazil event, which took place in April 2009.

At the time, he wanted nothing more than to set up a festival of local musicians and perform at the Old Brazil Junior High School.

Earlier this year, life caught up with Brookshire and some of his closest friends when area resident Kevin Wayne Jackson died.

In turn, Brookshire -- who was already in the planning stages of the second Rock For Brazil event -- decided it should be dedicated to Jackson.

"He was a very dear friend of mine," Brookshire told The Brazil Times. "He played guitar with me when we were in high school together and he believed in making your own music.

"He attended the first one at the school and it meant a lot to me that he came, and one of the main reasons I had planned the first one: To get him there."

Brookshire said he and Jackson met when they were students at Meridian Elementary School.

"He stayed over at my house a lot when we were kids, listening and playing music together," Brookshire said.

Jackson died unexpectedly at the age of 40 on April 30.

He was born and raised in Clay County and attended Brazil High School.

He was locally known for his guitar playing.

After his death, plans were set in motion for the dedication.

Rock For Brazil 2 will take place Saturday, Sept. 4, at the Alabama Bar and Grill, 569 E. National Ave., Brazil.

Acts are scheduled to take the stage beginning at 1 p.m., inside.

Performers include Emrick with DooDah, Fail Safe Device, 9 Below Zero, Larry Morley, Big Dead Bird, 15 and Hulman, Wardog Underground, Kings of Rhythm, Ida Mae Sheriff, Triggerhead and Sick Poets.

The event will begin inside the establishment before moving outdoors on Alabama Street, between the Clay County Courthouse and the bar.

Acts will continue inside to adhere to the city's noise ordinance.

Brookshire said an "All-Star Jam" will take place later in the evening involving all acts.

Brookshire said due to the circumstances, all of the acts agreed to perform for free.

However, donations will be accepted for Jackson's children.

"The money raised will go to his kids," Brookshire said. "We are going to have a bank account set up for each of them. We are going to have a $2 donation at the door."

In addition, a Facebook page has been set up to help update the event. According to the page, "the original intent of this event is to support local music and the musicians that have a real passion for it. Brazil has produced such an incredible amount of amazing musicians for such a small town ... Let's Rock for Kevin!"

"This Rock for Brazil 2 is different because its purpose is to show honor to our friend this time," Brookshire added, "and the support to local music again. Kevin played his own music like me and he loved the idea and came last time."

Rock For Brazil 2

The following is a list of acts set to perform at Rock For Brazil 2 -- A benefit for Kevin Wayne Jackson, set to take place Saturday, Sept. 4:

* Emrick with DooDah,

* Fail Safe Device,

* 9 Below Zero,

* Larry Morley,

* Big Dead Bird,

* 15 and Hulman,

* Wardog Underground,

* Kings of Rhythm,

* Ida Mae Sheriff,

* Triggerhead, and

* Sick Poets.

Performances are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., at the Alabama Bar and Grill, 569 E. National Ave., Brazil.

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Although you must be 21 to enter this event. The music will still be heard to those that would like to listen by way of the courthouse lawn. Bands will perform on Alabama street, so bring a chair. That way all ages can rejoice.

-- Posted by mattb on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 11:33 PM

Yeah! Don't have to worry about second hand smoke from the courthouse lawn!! :)

-- Posted by millertime on Tue, Aug 24, 2010, at 8:22 AM

Is it true Henry Lee will be there too?

-- Posted by KYExile on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 2:57 PM

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