It is in a time of need when a person learns who his friends are, and local country/rock musician Mac Leaphart obviously has many friends. The Charleston music community has rallied and organized Mac’n at the ‘Drome, a multimedia-concert benefit in support of Leaphart, who recently underwent surgery at MUSC to remove a benign brain tumor. On Sat. Jan. 28, relatives, friends, and musical colleagues will gather at the Hippodrome (360 Concord St.) to celebrate his musicianship and to raise money to help him financially while he recovers.
Leaphart’s diagnosis of a brain tumor came unexpectedly last November. “Looking back over the past two years, I can see the symptoms: headaches, double-vision, and lack of energy,” he says. “Friends said that I just didn’t seem myself. My energy is back up. I’m optimistic and writing songs. I’ve got a lot of living to be doing.”
Local music promoters Ben Bounds of Follywood Productions and Joel Frank of Brand Frankus organized the benefit. “Mac is one of the most talented musicians and songwriters I know,” says Frank. “His solo debut, Line, Rope, Etc., is one of my favorite records of all time.” Bounds adds, “Everybody has really rallied together for this one, and I just hope that the average-joe music fan out there understands the significance of all these artists coming together for one common goal.”
Frank, Bounds, and Andrew Walker have produced a video presentation and worked with a number of sponsors who’ve donated time, money, and effort to the event. The presentation will be intertwined with live performances of Leaphart’s music. Members of Guilt Ridden Troubadour and Leaphart's own band My Ragged Co. will be the backing band with special performances from Five Way Friday, Mark Bryan, Danielle Howle, John Wesley Satterfield, Luke Cunningham, Ryan Bonner, Jamie Resch, Shovels & Rope, Donnie Blackwell, Doug Jones (of Cravin’ Melon), Greg Payne (of the Piedmont Boys), and others. “I’m honored and humbled to have so many friends that would go to so much trouble for me,” Leaphart adds. “And if the benefit doesn’t make a dime, the support still stands, and that means the world to me.”
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the live music starts at 8 p.m. Home Team BBQ will be on hand with food.