Red Deer musician Jesse Roads performs charity concert in memory of his sister

Wiklund vs Wiklund, Ten 02 also to perform Aug. 11 at The Krossing

Contributed photo                                Jesse Roads and his late sister Crystal. He will perform a benefit concert Aug. 11, which would have been her 40th birthday.

Contributed photo Jesse Roads and his late sister Crystal. He will perform a benefit concert Aug. 11, which would have been her 40th birthday.

Red Deer rocker Jesse Roads organized his first charity concert with his sister, Crystal, when he was 12 and she was 14.

They booked some professional musicians to raise money for the local food bank — and “my mom had to buy beer for the band,” he recalled with a chuckle.

Roads, who’s now a 38-year-old singer/songwriter, feels fortunate to have had someone “as passionate and crazily talented” as his big sister in his life.

“Not only did she influence my musical journey; rather, she was an enormous part of the journey itself.”

The first shows he performed were produced in partnership with his sister.

“We would do food drives and punk rock shows to raise money for local charities and create awareness in our community…”

Roads felt like he lost the better part of himself when Crystal, who had been raising a family in Three Hills, suddenly died from an undiagnosed heart condition at age 33 in 2012.

In the years since, he’s always done impromptu annual concerts to mark her birthday.

This summer, Roads is formalizing the effort to keep Crystal’s altruistic spirit alive by performing what he hopes will become an annual benefit show on Aug. 11. This year, it will fall on what would have been her 40th birthday.

Two local charities will gain proceeds from The Roads to Hope show at The Krossing in Red Deer — the Mustard Seed School Lunch Program and GuitarZ for KidZ.

Roads noted volunteers at The Mustard Seed made 56,000 lunches for Red Deer school children last year to ensure no student goes hungry. Roads feels a personal commitment to this effort as “I come from a background of needing lunches…”

GuitarZ for KidZ Red Deer, started by David Gilmore of Gilmore Guitars, and guitarist Don Routley, gives donated, refurbished guitars and lessons to youths — and some adults — who could not otherwise afford to play.

Roads believes as a parent and music lover, his late sister would have endorsed both causes.

He hopes to get a big crowd out for “an incredible night of rock ‘n’ roll” with special-guest local bands Wiklund vs Wiklund and Ten 02.

The Lethbridge native, who moved as an adolescent to central Alberta, grew up listening to diverse influences, including Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Guns ‘N’ Roses and Pink Floyd.

The indie blues/rock/folk musician has been performing since he was 14 years old and has shared stages with The Lazys, One Bad Son, Doc Walker, The Odds, The Northern Pikes, and many other bands.

Roads, named “Master of Blues Folk Rock” at the 2015 Black American Music Awards, has toured the country and drawn inspiration from people he’s met and stories he’s heard along the way.

His last live, acoustic recording, Demos and Daydreams, featuring Charlie Jacobson on guitar, was released last fall.

Roads said he’s amassing more material for his next recording and plans to test run some of these songs on the audience at the benefit show.

“It’s going to be exciting to share… I’m working on some pretty cool new stuff.”

Advance tickets to the 8 p.m. charitable show (that was recently moved to The Krossing from the Memorial Centre) are $20 from showpass.com or jesseroads.net.

On the night of the concert, any available tickets can be obtained by donation at the door.



lmichelin@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Live music

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Red Deer city council gave initial approval for more mixed-use developments in Riverside Light Industrial Park. (File photo by Advocate staff)
More industrial landowners in Red Deer are pursuing mixed-use zoning

A third of Riverside Light could become a commercial/industrial district

Central Alberta man facing second-degree murder in connection with December death.
Advocate file photo
Central Alberta man facing second-degree murder in connection with December death

Maskwacis RCMP said female found dead in Ermineskin Cree Nation residence last December

Red Deer College has been working towards obtaining university status for a couple of years. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Red Deer College’s university status back in question

Red Deer College should be worried that its university dreams could be… Continue reading

The Mountain Cree Traditional Band headquarters in Mirror, Alta. has been the target of theft and vandalism. (Photo submitted)
Vandals strike: Artifacts worth $1M gone from central Alberta museum

AWNTB says not enough been done to deter crime in Mirror, Alta.

Justin Kripps of Summerland and his team have competed in Olympic action and World Cup competitions in bobsleigh. (Jason Ransom-Canadian Olympic Comittee).
QUIZ: Are you ready for some winter sports?

It’s cold outside, but there are plenty of recreation opportunities in the winter months

Montreal Canadiens down Edmonton Oilers 3-1, sweep series

Montreal Canadiens down Edmonton Oilers 3-1, sweep series

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) loses the basketball as he tries to drive around Dallas Mavericks center Willie Cauley-Stein (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Chris O'Meara
Lowry leads the way as Raptors down the Mavericks for their third straight win

Lowry leads the way as Raptors down the Mavericks for their third straight win

Johnny Gaudreau’s goal and assist paces Flames to 5-2 victory over Canucks

Johnny Gaudreau’s goal and assist paces Flames to 5-2 victory over Canucks

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole holds a press conference on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, on Dec. 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Tory MP Sloan accuses party of hypocrisy over efforts to have him expelled

Tory MP Sloan accuses party of hypocrisy over efforts to have him expelled

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 file photo Britain's Andy Murray reacts during a press conference following his first round loss to Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Former world number one Murray's participation at the upcoming Australian Open is in doubt after the Briton tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
Australian Open arrivals hit by 3 COVID-19 positive tests

Australian Open arrivals hit by 3 COVID-19 positive tests

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Mitchell Marner (16) scores on an empty net and takes a hit from Winnipeg Jets defenceman Neal Pionk (4) during third period of action in Toronto on Monday, January 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Toronto Maple Leafs ride dominant second period to down Winnipeg Jets 3-1

Toronto Maple Leafs ride dominant second period to down Winnipeg Jets 3-1

Roman Sadovsky wins the Challenge, his only event of the figure skating season

Roman Sadovsky wins the Challenge, his only event of the figure skating season

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, left, speaks with International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (Nikolai Petrov/BelTA Pool Photo via AP)
IIHF pulls hockey worlds from Belarus, seeks new host

IIHF pulls hockey worlds from Belarus, seeks new host

Most Read