Just how do you cope when a young man, despite long odds, was making his way in life as a musician before being tragically struck down far before his time? Ask To Be Continued Brass Band who, after coping with the tragic death of saxophonist Brandon Franklin, have been playing non-stop to raise money for his funeral. Or you could ask their manager Tracie Towns, who with Dirty Dozen's Effrem Towns, helped raise Brandon and now they're spearheading a benefit for his funeral at the Howlin Wolf.
The event is slated for Thursday, May 20 at the Howlin Wolf. Towns said she's contacted Dirty Dozen, Rebirth, Treme, Hot 8 and many other bands to help with the cause. If nothing else, it will be a legendary night of music with the best brass bands in town collaborating for a fallen peer (Brandon's family didn't have insurance and this will be the only way to pay for the funeral). Hopefully it can also be the first step in helping this city move forward and start preventing needless deaths like this from happening in the first place.