Concert fundraiser for local youth

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Jake Worthington

A night of music will soon fill Lewisburg’s Dixie Theatre, but it won’t be another of the theater’s excellent musical productions.

Instead, the stage will be home on Thursday, Feb. 23, to a benefit concert for one of Lewisburg’s own, Brandon Bradley.

Bradley is in his third battle with leukemia. He was first diagnosed in 2013 at the age of 17, the summer before his senior year of high school. Bradley fought the cancer into remission, before it returned in 2015 when he was 19. He relapsed again May 2016.

Shelby Lee Lowe

In November, Curtis Self started working on a way to help Team Brandon in their fight.

“I couldn’t imagine having a child dealing with leukemia once, much less three times,” Self said. “It’s not even really about the money. It’s about letting people know ‘we’ve got help, we’ve got hope, we’ve got support.’”

Self has been involved in music promotions for four or five years and saw a chance to use that experience to help out.

The Young Fables

He didn’t really have any personal connections with Brandon or his family either. His family knew Brandon when he was a lifeguard at the Lewisburg Rec Center pool, but that was about as far as it went.

“People always say I wish there was something to do,” Self said. “Well, there’s always something to do.”

Self talked to the Dixie Theatre about hosting the event. The 290 seats at the theater made it a perfect size and the great acoustics in the theater made it a good venue for bands, he said.

They jumped at the chance to help in the community as well as expanding uses for the theater, according to Self.

Headlining the show is Jake Worthington, runner-up on the NBC show “The Voice” in 2014 at only 20 years old. Ever since, Worthington’s music, both originals and covers, have been appearing on various Billboard record charts.

Also playing is local favorite Shelby Lee Lowe.

Self said that Lowe was always generous with his time for local causes and that this will be an opportunity to see him with his full band instead of solo.

Opening the evening is a duet, The Young Fables, that Self sees having a big future.

Laurel Wright and Wes Lunsford hark back to the classic duets that made such a mark on country music in the 1960s and 1970s, and CMT will be premiering their first music video the week before their show here.

“It will be a full concert,” he said. “These are guys that are making it big.”

Self added that all three acts will be conducting meet-and-greets as well as signing autographs after the show.

Miss Tennessee Teen Megan Hollingsworth will serve as a master of ceremonies.

While Bradley is getting closer to a release from Vanderbilt Hospital, the family will have to get an apartment in Nashville for a while in order to make the necessary three or four visits a week to the hospital for follow-up care.

“He has good days and bad days, but the good days are coming more frequently,” said Brandon’s mother, Shan Wells. “We are humbled by the outpouring support from our community.”

Unfortunately, Brandon won’t be able to attend the show himself.

“Brandon’s immune system is still compromised and the doctors want us to stay in an apartment until Brandon is better,” Wells said.

Tickets for the show are $25 and are available online through the Dixie’s website at https://mcct.ticketleap.com or at the box office on the day of the show.

Self knows the music will be good and hopes that the community shows their support.

“It’s one night to take some time to help someone else,” said Self.