Benefit show at Billy Corgan’s Cafe to help businesses in Highland Park

HIGHLAND PARK, IL – As the aftermath of the mass shooting at the 4th of July Parade in Highland Park has canceled a number of local events, including the Bitter Jester Music Festival finale, l he ongoing investigation into the shooting that killed seven people and injured dozens more has also taken its toll on local businesses in the wake of the tragic event.

According to festival organizers, more than 150 businesses in Highland Park were forced to remain closed while federal, state and local investigators gathered evidence and information about the shooting. In September, another Highland Park company —At Madame Zuzu’s — will organize a benefit concert to help these businesses.

Madame Zuzu’s, the tea and coffee shop founded by Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, which reopened in 2020, will host the benefit concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 4. The event is free to the public, but contributions will be accepted to benefit the Business Recovery Fund which has been set up by several Highland Park agencies.

Contributions to help local businesses can also be made online by clicking here.

Corgan, a Highland Park resident who runs the cafe and tea room with his partner Chloe Mandel, and Madame Zuzu’s hosted the Together and Together Again benefit concert earlier this summer which raised more than $250,000. This show featured several musical guests, including Corgan and Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, and provided financial assistance to local residents directly affected by the mass shooting.

“More than 150 establishments have been closed during the FBI’s investigation, with many paying out of pocket to compensate their employees despite being closed for a week,” Bitter Jester Music Festival founder Nicolas DeGrazia said in a statement. a press release this week. “Turning our biggest show of the year into a helping hand for so many who have supported us over the years is something I’m very proud to be a part of.”

DeGrazia told Patch on Thursday that he was able to confirm on Wednesday that the Peter Dankelson Band, which was the showcase band for the 2021 event, would return to the finals again this year.

Highland Park has hosted the Music Showcase every year since 2006. Mayor Nancy Rotering said the city is proud to support the festival’s work to “provide exceptionally talented young musicians with opportunities for performance and musical development with industry professionals.” ‘industry”.

She added: “The annual Friday night concert series and the Grand Final concert on the 4th of July are mainstays of summer in Highland Park. In the aftermath of the 4th of July parade shooting, we leaned on each other to find the strength to move forward as individuals and as a community. We appreciate BJFA’s flexibility in rescheduling, collaborating and supporting our youth and business community.”

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