On Fourth of July weekend, the death of a Sarasota teenager made news around the world. Stephen Brumby, 14, was at a local shooting range with his family when his father accidentally shot him.
His friends want everyone to know that Brumby was more than just the subject of sad and shocking news stories.
So on Sunday, some of them will perform a free concert at Hunsader Farms in East Manatee County. Musicians will perform songs that Brumby loved, and concertgoers will have chance to meet his friends and family.
The headline act will be a local duo called Alone Together. They’ll perform songs by 21 Pilots, Journey and Elvis Presley, plus an original song written specifically for Brumby. Local recording artist Matt Walden will also perform, as will acts comprising Brumby’s many musically inclined friends and family members.
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Brumby loved to play the ukulele. In his honor, concert-goers are invited to bring a ukulele to donate to Music Heals Us, a local organization that donates ukuleles and lessons to children with cancer.
T-shirts and wrist bands that read “Live Like Stephen” will be available for purchase. For every shirt sold, $5 will go to to Music Heals Us in Brumby’s honor.
Admission to the concert is free, but attendance is limited to 300 people.