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Local musicians to host benefit next weekend

Members of the local music community are working together to organize a benefit concert for the family of a local man who died unexpectedly.

Five local acts are lined up to perform. Organizer Oak Smith said the concert is being hosted to benefit the family of the late Kris Lesh, who recently passed away due to unforeseen medical complications.

“As you can imagine, there will be a financial burden,” Smith said. “It will take a little bit to recover from an unexpected tragedy like this.”

The concert is scheduled for Saturday and will be held outdoors at Sweet Leaf Emporium in Farmington from 2 to 8 p.m. With it being autumn and the concert being outside, Smith said there will be some materials prepared in case of cold or wet weather, but so far the forecast looks good.

Five local bands will be performing in the concert, including Wrecklamation, Iron Sun, New Statue and Smith’s band, Brokeneck, plus an additional performance that will have special significance for a concert in memory of Lesh.

“We’re going to do a thing we’re piecing together with local musicians, some members of Brokeneck and other bands,” Oak said. “We’re calling it ‘Mystery,’ because we’re covering Kiss songs. Kris was a huge fan of Kiss and AC/DC, so we decided to throw in some AC/DC songs and mix it up.”

Alongside the performances from local acts, there will be barbecue and raffles for attendees to take advantage of. Organizers are asking a $5 minimum cover charge for the concert, with additional donations for Lesh’s family being accepted.

Smith and others organized another benefit concert for the family of a local man who passed away early this year, and said members of the local music scene are very responsive and willing to help out those in need.

“I’m really proud to say that we have a great community for stuff like this,” he said. “This will be the second event that I’ve helped organize, so that makes it easier as far as having all the contacts and knowing bands that have helped before.

“People have just been really excited about doing whatever they can to help out. They know it’s a really tough situation and the response has been really awesome.”

For more information, follow the event on Facebook by searching “Benefit for Family of Kris Lesh.”

A benefit concert will support the family of Kris Lesh (pictured), who passed away recently due to medical complications.

A benefit concert will support the family of Kris Lesh (pictured), who passed away recently due to medical complications.

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at jscott@dailyjournalonline.com.

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