2018-01-17 / Features

“MOSH FOR MIRACLES”

BY ANNA FLETCHER
COURIER-TIMES STAFF WRITER

On January 20, Palace Pointe Amusement Center in south Roxboro will be more metal than usual.

Logan Abdo, a 20-yearold from Timberlake, and his band Mirada, will join six other N.C. metalcore bands for “Mosh for Miracles,” a fundraising concert celebrating community, music and a good cause.

On Oct. 24, 2017, Abdo had surgery to remove his left kidney after a string of infections bounced him in and out of the hospital for about five months. Kidney problems are just one of the many health issues that VATER syndrome – a series of co-occurring birth defects, with which Abdo was born – may cause. The concert’s $5 admission will go toward his medical expenses.

FORTUNE IN-BETWEEN HOSPITAL STAYS

Before his surgery, Abdo and his grandmother,

Jeanette, were given an exciting opportunity that, Abdo says, could ultimately help further his band’s music career. The pair appeared on a special 35thanniversary edition of “Wheel of Fortune” and won over $2,500, which he hopes will go toward recording a new album.


“Logan Abdo performs with his band, Mirada, at ‘Sinister Music Show’ in Selma on Aug. 4, 2017.” 
SUBMITTED “Logan Abdo performs with his band, Mirada, at ‘Sinister Music Show’ in Selma on Aug. 4, 2017.” SUBMITTED “That was crazy,” he said. “I got out of one hospital, and then we auditioned. We got the call mid-September that, ‘Hey, you’re going to be on TV!”

Abdo and his grandmother flew to Disney World in Orlando, Florida in early October to film the show.

“They filmed five episodes within a day,” he said. “We ended up being last. We were there from like 11-1 a.m., just sitting backstage for most of it. And when we got there, it was quickest 20 minutes of your life.”


“Logan Abdo (left) and Evan Hicks have a quick jam session in Palace Pointe’s party central room, where Saturday’s ‘Mosh for Miracles’ show will take place.” 
ANNA FLETCHER | COURIER-TIMES “Logan Abdo (left) and Evan Hicks have a quick jam session in Palace Pointe’s party central room, where Saturday’s ‘Mosh for Miracles’ show will take place.” ANNA FLETCHER | COURIER-TIMES Just two weeks later, Abdo was back in the hospital with another kidney infection that landed him in surgery. Throughout that unsettling time, he maintained the passion and positivity that he’s always carried, says friend and guitarist Evan Hicks.

“I’ve known him since elementary school,” Hicks said. “He’s positive all the time – I’ve never seen him any other way. [Musically,] he’s progressed a lot from where he first started to now, because he stuck it with it. He’s put a lot of work in, and I respect that. He deserves this show, because he’s been through more than I could ever imagine.”

THE OVERLOOKED SIDE OF METALCORE


“Logan Abdo performs with his band, Mirada, at the ‘Sophomore Slump’ music event in Greensboro on Aug. 5, 2017.” 
SUBMITTED “Logan Abdo performs with his band, Mirada, at the ‘Sophomore Slump’ music event in Greensboro on Aug. 5, 2017.” SUBMITTED Hicks, a fellow Person County local, and his band Discoveries will also perform at the benefit concert. Music, he says, is a getaway – a doorway to a world that you create. Unfortunately, metalcore often goes unsupported, he says.

“I think it has a bad reputation with society in general, which is why I think it’s so underground,” Hicks said. “It’s hard to actually get places that will support it. We don’t get as much notice as, say, a country or a pop star. But this music right here involves a lot more talent and a lot more hard work to get to something that sounds good, and something that would be accepted by the audience.”

Saturday’s show will be a great way to bring this unseen culture to Person County, Abdo says.


“Logan Abdo performs with a band called Vices and Vessels at the Sound Factory music venue in Cary on Feb. 4, 2017.” 
SUBMITTED “Logan Abdo performs with a band called Vices and Vessels at the Sound Factory music venue in Cary on Feb. 4, 2017.” SUBMITTED “The idea I had was, ‘Why not bring something I’ve never really been able to bring to my hometown?’” he said. “I’ve been doing this music thing for a while and playing all across the state and stuff like that, so it’s nice to fi- nally be able to bring it home.”

The “Mosh for Miracles” show will begin at 7 p.m., with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at http://bit.ly/2mzfLzq.

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