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Preventing Suicide Through the Power of Music and Community

Pittsburgh musicians join together for the 4th annual Suicide Rebellion Benefit Concert this Friday.


Next up on Sparkt My Interest, Sparkt's Kelly Arbogast continues to highlight the best ways to #Start Something Good while having a great time. First, Kelly told us about the Deutschtown Music Festival. Kelly talked all about the upcoming Rock, Reggae & Relief Benefit Concert Now, she's giving us the run down on the Suicide Rebellion Benefit concert, happening this Friday at Spirit Hall in Lawrenceville.

The Suicide Rebellion is a memorial foundation in honor of Garret Sinagra, the lead singer of The Whiskey Rebellion, who lost his life to suicide in 2015. The band was described as a combination of Alice in Chains and Metallica, accompanying a sharp and talented guitar sound.

The foundation and benefit concert directly support suicide prevention. Of the total proceeds, 30% will support the research of psychiatrist Dr. Lisa Pan, who is leading the field in exploring underlying causes and subsequent treatments for patients suffering from suicidal tendencies. Another 30% of proceeds will go to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention of Western Pennsylvania.

One of the volunteer organizers of the event, Lou Hetzer, met the band in 2009 and knew them well. When asked about Garrett, Lou recalls "bright eyes and a big cheesy smile, and a kid that cared deeply about everything." He went on to say that "maybe that was part of it. If he saw a passion or a drive in someone, he would do anything to help them. He was one of those guys. A really good kid."

"A lot of people in the Pittsburgh music community are struggling," Lou continues. "We have to let people know it's okay to talk about that, and to reach out to friends. Talk about it! Don't let it go!"

The lineup includes Chip & the Charge Ups and Homicide Black, and you can expect rock vibes and classic Spirit cocktails. There's a ten dollar donation, but if you're feeling more generous you can click here. Doors open at 7:30.

IF YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW, IS EXPERIENCING SUICIDAL THOUGHTS, REACH OUT TO THE HOTLINES BELOW FOR IMMEDIATE HELP.

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE: 1-800-273-8255

CRISIS TEXT LINE: 741741

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