After a successful concert in South Florida as part of their tour, Trae Pierce & T – Stone were in a horrific accident in West Palm Beach on Jan 18th, 2014. Their van was struck by a driver who was texting and driving on the interstate. The van spun out of control and slammed into a wall at over 60 miles per hour, leaving the vehicle crushed beyond recognition. The severity of their injuries varied, but no one walked unharmed. Multi Grammy winning bassist Trae Pierce was in the back of the van where he had to be cut out of his seat while laying unresponsive for nearly an hour. Trae suffered two collapsed lungs and broke all of his ribs; since then he has been fighting for his life in the ICU. Band leader David Grant was rushed off in ambulance with a broken collar bone and deep cuts from the broken glass. Other band members suffered concussions, broken noses, leg and back injuries. It is a truly a miracle that the entire band survived this gruesome accident.
Trae Pierce and T- Stone were scheduled for a show on Sunday, February 23rd at Deep South The Bar (430 S. Dawson St. Raleigh). Instead of cancelling the show, LIVE & LOUD Events and Entertainment has chose to turn this event into a fundraiser for Trae Pierce. Raleigh based funk band Outside Soul volunteered to perform at show and help raise some money. The event is the first of a series of Hip Hop and Funk infused and free spirited events branded as The Sunday Night Syphers. Syphers is a creative spelling of the word Cipher which in the hip hop culture is a gathering of emcees, beatboxers and other musicians while the rappers are freestyling in an informal context. This spirit of free expression plays into the concert that will now feature Outside Soul and Beatboxer/Emcee Ray D Yo of The UpRite Lions to back the freestyling rappers and singers.
Outside Soul and rap artists Ghost Dog, Bubsy Millions and our host Mosca Flux of “The Bizness” will also perform their songs for the crowd. The Sypher is open to all rappers and vocalists who want to join and is scheduled mid show at 11pm. This event is intended to blend many genres of music and appeal to fans and musicians alike. This event will be filmed for local TV show “The Bizness” which airs Wednesday Nights at 10:00 pm on RTN 10. (Time Warner Cable/ Channel 10 in Raleigh)
We are asking for a $3.00 minimum donation at the door. All profits will be donated directly to Trae Pierce. Please help us spread awareness of the dangers of texting and driving and join us at Deep South for this unique event. If you are unable to attend you may also donate at GoFundMe
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