by HAP MANSFIELD
The Soulshine Scholarship Foundation benefit show taking place at the Texas Music Theater, 120 East San Antonio Street, at 4 p.m. Nov. 18, is an object lesson in turning tragedy to life affirming energy. The non-profit foundation awards an annual Texas State scholarship in memory of Chase Alan Monks (bass) and Bradley Kyle Schroeder (lead guitar), both members of the the Will Callers and Bo Cox, whose lives were cut short by a drunk driver in 2010.
The collision, which took place two years ago north of Hillsboro on I-35, sent shockwaves through the tightly knit Texas music community both for the loss of the musicians and the extraordinary violence with which the drunk driver’s SUV veered across the median and crashed into their car as they were on the way to a gig. Two signs from Texas Department of Transportation now commemorate the spot with Monks’ and Schroeder’s names and an admonition about drinking and driving.
The Soulshine Scholarship commemorates the two musicians by helping a Texas State music student, allowing the two musicians to continue giving the gift of music even after their deaths. The foundation’s website explains that the scholarship will be awarded to “a deserving student wishing to continue their education in music, while displaying a profound love and passion that truly shines.”
The musical line-up for the Texas State School of Music scholarship event features some of the shining lights of area music participating in acoustic song swaps. Musicians slated to play include Cody Canada, Brandon Jenkins, William Clark Green, Eric Middleton, Hunter McKithan, Matt Begley, Scott Gardner, Sam Riggs Band and more. Kyle Park, an alum of Texas State, will close the evening with his full band. Park’s critically acclaimed full-length release, “Make Or Break Me” continues to make waves on both the Texas Music Chart and Billboard.
In addition to the music the event will feature a silent auction and raffle giveaways.
Tickets for the show are $20 and can be purchased at the door or online at wwwfrontgatetickets.com.