A few months ago my friend Adam O’Connor got really sick, really fast out of nowhere. For weeks the doctors had no clue what was wrong with him and every test kept coming up negative. He was in ICU for weeks, with doctors observing his every move, 24/7. I followed his daily struggles through an amazing blog that his wife created and posted on almost daily called “The Powerful Beard”. She kept all of her husband’s friends and family updated on through her blog instead of having each of us call her and ask a million questions.
Adam O’Connor’s journey so far has not been easy and unfortunately he has a long way to go to get back to the shit talking bad ass that he has always been. Adam is one of the funniest people I have ever met; he can make you smile in seconds with one of his witty remarks. He’s the kind of person that you do not forget and love to be around. I have missed running into him at shows the last few months and can’t wait to see him out and about again.
While he works his butt off to get back on his feet, the bills are rolling in. Beaumont is not a cheap hotel to stay at, especially when you have their best doctors overseeing your care. Normally, Adam hustles as one of the heads at Real Detroit Magazine and you can catch him on any given night at a show or event . He is one of the better writers and interviewers out there and is someone that I look up to. When someone like this is down for the count, we as a community have to step up and help them.
The Powerful Beard Benefit has been created to help Adam and his wife Stephanie while they focus on Adam’s rehab. This event will be held at The Magic Bag on February 28th at 7 p.m. and will feature the Howling Diablos, Awesome Jarvis and the Whales, Citizen Zero, The Infatuations, Amy Gore and her Valentines and many more. They are asking for a $10 donation at the door, but you can give more if you are able to and want to. This is a chance for all of us to get together, hear some great music, and raise some money for someone that has done so much for our community. Remember to keep up with Adam on the blog and try to come out and help us raise money for this powerful beard.