Playing for a Purpose
Area musicians to stage benefit concert March 16
Friday, March 08, 2013 5:00 AM
Area bands Shock Treatment, All Became New, Should This Armor Fail, SKRUM and DJ Tyler Stewbot will all take the stage at the Electric Lady as part of a memorial benefit concert for former SKRUM member Phil Wickersham. The show, called 812 for Phil, plans to begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 16.
Wickersham died in December last year in Baton Rouge, La. He was 28. The Madison Consolidated High School graduate joined the Army in Dec. 2008 and served in Korea and Iraq.
There is a $5 cover for the event, which will go toward setting up a trust fund for Wickersham's daughter, Kaitlynn.
"After Phil passed away, a bunch of us started thinking about something to do for his daughter. We wanted her to know her father was great guy and a lot of people loved him," Chris Mattern, an organizer for the event, said.
Mattern said the official show start time is 7 p.m., but events will take place at the Electric Lady all day.
"We've got a cornhole tournament starting at 2 p.m. Jimmy Davis is playing around noon," Mattern said. "We also have a Celtic band called West of Dublin playing from 4 to 7 p.m."
The cornhole tournament costs $20 per team. Phil Wickersham wrist bands will also be sold at the event. Artistry in Motion will provide Philip Wickersham memorial tattoos for $30 dollars, along with $15 piercings.
Mattern said that no one person took charge in planning the event, it was just something that many people wanted to happen. He did say he hopes to make the fundraiser an annual event.
"The plan is just to get as much money as we can," he said. "We're hoping to do the event every year. To alternate one year and put the money in Kaitlynn's trust fund. We've also talked to Joe DeVito (Jefferson County Veterans Services Officer) about giving money to an organization that helps prevent veteran suicides."
Mattern said he's hoping to have between 150 and 200 people show up for the concert.
Wickersham's former band, SKRUM, will close the show with Cory Janes filling in for Wickersham on drums and Mattern filling in for band member Caleb Mechem.
"I think it's going to be pretty cool," Mattern said. "A lot of people are excited for it. It's a good way to end the night. It means a lot to all of us. It will help us remember Phil when he was a young kid."