Theater Fire Headlines Homeless Benefit Saturday

The Theater Fire, just one of a dozen performers who will perform at The Fairmount this Saturday. (Brian Harkin)

Beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, you can help Fairmount bartender Ryan Kerr celebrate his 40th birthday and help hungry and homeless Texans, all while enjoying some of Fort Worth's best Americana, folk and country musicians.

The birthday celebration is continuing a tradition Kerr began while tending bar at the now-closed MacHenry's in Fort Worth. Last year, the event raised some $800 for a relative whose husband was dying of cancer, Kerr says. This year's event was spurred by the death of a former customer, which underscored the importance of providing shelter from the elements.

"I had a customer [at MacHenry's] last year who was a homeless man who died of heat exhaustion," Kerr says. "There are too many of them out there."

Among the nine solo acts and three bands performing are Scott Copeland, No Class and Jody Jones with the great Theater Fire as headliner.

Monetary, canned food and blanket donations will be collected and distributed to the Presbyterian Night Shelter and an area food bank during the show. Additionally, some performers will donate proceeds from CD sales, Kerr says.--Jesse Hughey

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