SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The local music scene is coming together to raise money for the family of Kurt Cochran, the West Bountiful man killed in Wednesday’s terror attack in London.
Proceeds from a ‘Concert for the Cochrans,’ a fundraiser planned for Friday night, will go to help Melissa, Kurt’s wife who remains hospitalized abroad.
Friends say Cochran was instrumental in helping dozens of local bands record their work and have successful starts. Now, local musicians say they are honoring Kurt’s legacy the only way they know how.
“We put the sound out, but he morphs the sound into what it is — he produces it,” explained Evan Mullaly, a band member of Dealin’ in Dirt. “He was always smiling, always happy to see us,” Mullaly recalled.
Now, as Dealin’ in Dirt and many other bands think about their friend, they say they are struggling to cope with this major loss.
“Utter shock, disbelief, anger, sadness, a lot of different emotions at once,” Mullaly said of his feelings.
Friends call Kurt and Melissa ‘soulmates.’ The married couple of 25 years were abroad celebrating their anniversary and visiting Melissa’s parents, who are currently serving as missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Cochrans were identified as some of the first victims hit by an ISIS-inspired terrorist plowing down the Westminster Bridge in an SUV.
Now, as friends, members of the music community, and even total strangers mourn Kurt’s death, they are hanging on to hope that Melissa will pull through.
Members of the band Fall River Ramblers say even though they do not personally know the Cochrans, they want to help a ‘brother in music.’ They had already scheduled a concert for Friday, where Dealin’ in Dirt planned to open for them. After learning about Kurt’s death, the headline band decided to donate their proceeds to the Cochran family. Now, The Acoustic Space venue and Dealin’ in Dirt are making special fundraising arrangements as well, including making contributions to the family’s GoFundMe account.
Here are details for the benefit concert for the Cochrans:
Who: Dealin’ in Dirt & Fall River Ramblers
Where: The Acoustic Space at The Gateway (124 S. 400 W.)
When: Friday, March 24th @ 7:30p.
Cost: Tickets are $10 online, $15 at the door