Hip-hop, rock ’n’ roll performance set tonight (April 6) on Harbor stage
Jesse Orozco is organizing a hip-hop and rock concert tonight at the Harbor Performing Arts Center. The concert will benefit the Brookings-Harbor Community Helpers Food Bank. The Pilot/Scott Graves
Spurred by the cancer-related death of his cousin, Brookings 18-year-old Jesse Orozco has spent the last few months planning for tonight’s event: a hip-hop and rock concert benefiting the local food bank.
The event, also the focus of his senior project, is scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m. at the Harbor Performing Arts Center, 97900 Shopping Center Ave.
Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults. Anybody who brings in a grocery bag full of non-perishable food gets in free.
The food and concert proceeds will benefit the Brookings-Harbor Community Helpers Food Bank.
“We’re going to have a lot of great music and it’s for a great cause. I hope everybody can come,” Orozco said earlier this week as he worked on final details.
The concert will feature Crescent City’s popular surf rock band The Mudsharks and several local and visiting hip-hop artists including Maniac & Seandon, Dirty Dollaz and HiTT3R and Taz.
Orozco, a Brookings Harbor High School senior who will perform as Young J, always dreamed of being a music star, but it took the death of his 22-year-old cousin two years ago to inspire him to try and realize that goal.
“Before he died of cancer, my cousin told me I could do anything I put my mind to, so that’s what I’m doing,” Orozco said.
To kick-start his music career and that of other local musicians, he decided to plan, organize and host the concert.
Local individuals and businesses quickly jumped in to support Orozco. Sponsors include: Artistic Trends, The Book Dock, Rays Food Place, Fred Meyer, Whale’s Tail Candy and Gifts, In Motion Graphics and Design, Mark Rogers Painting, Marlene’s Salon, Brookings Home Services, Blue Coast Inn and Suites, KURY Radio and the Pilot.
Many sponsors donated cash, up to $3,000, that Orozco needed to hire the acts, rent a sound system and promote the event. He has also been mentored by established community event coordinators such as Dori Blodgett and Bruce Ellis.
Orozco is no stranger to helping others Over the years, hehas volunteered for community organizations such as the Leo Club, Brooking Fire and Rescue, KASPER, the Chetco Community Public Library, and Brookings-Harbor Community Theater.
Now, he hopes the community will return the favor by attended the concert.
“I want to showcase local artists, get kids interested in music and support a good cause: the food bank,” he said.
Blodgett, who admits to not being a big hip-hop music fan, help Orozco with staging the event and printing out promotional posters.
“It’s awesome to have a young adult step forward and do something new and different like this,” she said. “I hope the community will put some funding behind his dream.”
In an earlier interview with the Pilot, Julie Davis, manager of the food bank, said she appreciated what Orozco was attempting.
“I think what he’s doing is innovative and generous; I’m so proud that young people are so willing to give,” Davis said. “We’re thrilled that he’s doing this.”