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By: Sheryl Bryant
On August 9th, 2016 Dylan Young was working at his job when a case of glass weighing 1200 pounds fell on him and pinned him. He had multiple injuries including the fracture of both the top right and bottom right bones of his pelvis, as well as extensive internal bleeding. He was hospitalized for 10 days. Amazingly, his internal organs were not severely damaged and he has begun the recovery process. Though the prognosis was grim for a quick return to mobility, he has thankfully moved from wheelchair to walker. He then progressed to crutches and is now walking on his own! He is not physically able to return to work at this time and facing extreme financial hardships.
This event is more personal to me than any of the 160 shows I've covered in my tenure with Raleighmusic.com. Dylan Young is my 23 year old son. I feel lucky that my son is alive and continuing to get better. In addition, as a music reviewer and avid music fan/ supporter of the Raleigh music scene, I also feel fortunate to have made terrific friends with some fine people in the dynamic Raleigh music scene. My volunteer work with Raleigh Music Industry (for the last five plus years) has allowed me to meet, interact and mingle with a fine bunch of local musicians and talented bands. Three bands I have been privileged to cover have come together in an effort to help my son. I am eternally grateful and extremely proud of the musicians in Ivy Stone, Mechabull and Motrendus for their generous gesture.
These three outstanding Raleigh area bands will play the Benefit for Dylan at the Korner Pocket on Capitol Blvd. in Raleigh on October 22nd, 2016. The bands will rock the North Raleigh venue from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM. The cover charge is only $5.00, but anything over and above this contribution will be greatly appreciated.
Let's take a look at the bands volunteering their time and talents:
Ivy Stone is a four piece, explosively good band from the Clayton, NC area. They creatively call their brand of heavy seventies and eighties influenced sound as Exotic Rock. Their body of work pulls heavily from Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath , Van Halen and more hard rockers from this era. When I first heard Ivy Stone in 2012, I was highly impressed by their solid performance. They were young but they were hungry. Now the older, more experienced Ivy Stone’s appetite for pleasing their audience has grown insatiable. Ivy Stone is:
Victor Arruda – lead guitar
Beau Lastavich – lead vocals
Pedro Arruda – bass
Max Marotta - drums
Mechabull is a four piece aggressively energetic band who puts the heavy in the metal and the edginess in their hard rock. Mechabull ignites the stage with musical mayhem influenced by the likes of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Pantera and Anthrax. Mechabull has been known to blast some powerful, raw, kick ass rock and roll around a venue. Mechabull is
Caesar Blade - guitar and vocals
Captain Russ Thruster - bass
Dr. Shawn Toxxic - drums
Brian Mitch - vocals
Motrendus is a four piece seriously tight and talented collective that formed in 2010. IN 2012 and 2013, Motrendus was nominated for Best Rock Band by the Carolina Music Awards. They have passionately played numerous local and regional venues for the last six years. Their brand of music is fiery and blends psychedelic rock with hard and heavy guitar driven rock and roll. Motrendus is:
Steve Msarsa - bass,vocals
Billy Baty vocals and guitar
Will Adkins drums
Pete Bustin guitar/backing vocals
A night with these three powerhouses will be an incredible musical experience. Be a part of it!
Were it not for people like Steve Msarsa and April Anders who worked tirelessly organizing this project; or Tony Prince of Run-N-Bare who contributed the PA system, this act of kindness would not have been possible. Without Ronnie at the Korner Pocket who offered up the venue, the fundraiser could not happen. Thanks also goes out to Gina Woods, who has recenlty been instrumental in getting the word out and setting up a raffle. A hearty hats off to all of you who have contributed to help a Dylan, who, when physically able, is a self sustaining hard worker and devoted, active father of a three and a half year old.
News Flash: Always, always, support your local musicians who not only shower our city with great jams, but also share their gifts through a show of love and support!