Local musician Colin Stodd is using the power of music to do something positive for someone he cares about.
His brother, Brian Stodd currently receives dialysis and is awaiting a kidney transplant. He was diagnosed with diabetes at age 14. He turned 33 on Dec. 4th.
Colin has been a part of the mid-Atlantic music scene for a decade, playing drums for Earthtone and a number of other local bands. He's been Brian's little brother for much longer. He recently combined his love of these two things for a special fundraiser.
Colin answered a few questions from Patch Columnist Alexis Weber about the fundraiser. These are his responses.
Q: Tell us a little more about the event.
A: The name of the event is "" and it's going to be at in Annapolis at 1803 West Street. The event is an effort to raise money for my brother Brian, who is awaiting a kidney and pancreas transplant from either a donor or our mother.
Brian is undergoing kidney dialysis and will continue to be on dialysis until he gets a transplant. The longer it takes for him to get the transplant, the more medical bills he has to pay. His insurance does not cover all the costs, so he's going into debt.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for "The Brian Benefit?"
A: My brother and his wife Kenzie have helped me get my life back in order, so I thought that I might be able to help him by using the relationships that I gained while playing with Earthtone.
I played in the music scene with Earthtone for 10 years and have established many great relationships with club owners and musicians. So, I figured I could get some people to help put a concert together, where the money (tickets are $15 and are on a first come basis at the door and one of the bartenders is going to be donating his tips) are going to go to the benefit.
I met Mike Hearne, owner of The Whiskey, playing in Earthtone. The Whiskey became Earthtone's favorite venue in Annapolis. Mike has been great to us, and I think he trusts me to use his club to host the event, which is very generous. Once he heard what I was trying to do, he was all for it. I didn't have to ask twice.
I met Pressing Strings at Salisbury University. I loved what they were doing, and they had heard of Earthtone, so we instantly became buddies. I play with them on occasion. I couldn't think of a better, more popular band to have play than Pressing Strings. The other two bands are great as well; Tobias Russell, and Mos Eisley.
Q: Have you ever done anything like this before?
A: I've decided that I'm going to make this a yearly thing. However, in the following years, the money is not going to go to Brian. It's going to go to someone that's in a similar situation as Brian, and hopefully, we can help that individual just like we're helping Brian.
We look forward to a really great time and turnout.
- Who: Earthtone, Pressing Strings, Tobias Russell, Mos Eisley
- What: The Brian Benefit
- When: Friday December 10th, the doors open at 8pm (21 and over)