Aaron Coleman, lead singer of the popular band 79 South has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and a benefit concert will be held this Saturday at Union Street Station in Magnolia.
One of his closest friends, Kevin Barker, organized the event. He has known Coleman for years and was the one who finally convinced Coleman to take the stage several years back.
"I stayed on him and finally just got on the stage with him and he got up there and he got addicted. We've been best friends and do a lot of things together. I adopted him and he's lived in my rent houses , so that is where we met," Barker said.
Barker, former owner of the Central Hub downtown, said the show will be all about showing love for Coleman and having a good time. He said the lineup of bands which includes the Dusty Rose Band,
Brian Jones -lead singer of Lillian Axe, Jeff Smart- lending his vocals to 79 South and hopefully a couple of songs by Coleman if he feels like it was very important to him, no matter what.
"The bands had to reschedule and if they had a show, I said I would pay for that and pay for this too," he said. "I don't think anyone understands how important mine and Aaron's relationship is."
Coleman said he is looking forward to playing a couple of songs and is considering performing "Hurricane," "Weatherman" by Hank Williams Jr. and his own song, which his mother has requested, "Some Things Never Change."
"I'm excited. I'm ecstatic really to see everybody," Coleman said. "I've gone from the life I was living to being cooped up all day and it's gets pretty rough."
Coleman, originally from Camden, was in the Marine Corps for four years and served in Afghanistan for eight months of that. He has a degree in engineering from Southern Arkansas University Tech and has attended Southern Arkansas University. Before he was diagnosed with this brain cancer, dilluse glioma grade 4 on Oct. 18, Coleman was a plumber for K&R Plumbing, in addition to being the lead singer of 79 South.
Clay Sanders, guitarist, and Logan Sanders, drummer of 79 South will perform on Saturday.
"I love to play locally. The fans are so much better because I know them and they are super supportive," Coleman said. "I will have to have someone play guitar because my left hand doesn't work."
Edwina Daniel, Coleman's mother, said her son has lost function in his left hand and left leg because of the tumor.
"He can't make chords now and he can't see left unless he's told to look left," she said.
Although it is devastating to see her 30-year-old son go through this, she has been very impressed with his attitude.
"He's got a phenomenal attitude about cancer," she said. "All he does is focus on the future because he has got big plans."
Because of the growth and size of the tumor, it is not possible for doctors to take it out. Despite the prognosis, Colemean said he is not the kind of person to give up.
"You've got to stay positive. I've got too much to look forward to. You know me, I'm not going to let this beat me," he said.
Tickets for the concert are $25 and can be purchased at Corner Clubhouse, Steve's Outdoor, MuleKick, Vintage Sound, and Law Supply. Tickets can also be purchased from Barker and he can be reached at 870-299-0868. Those who can not attend the concert but still want to donate, can contact Barker.
The doors open at 5 p.m. on Saturday and the show kicks off at 6 p.m.