This fall, Mastodon will headline a benefit concert in Chicago to support suicide prevention and mental health education. All proceeds from the September 9th event, to be held at Metro, will go directly to Hope for the Day, a Chicago-based nonprofit that provides outreach and mental health education through creative platforms. They'll be supported by experimental trio Brain Tentacles and speed-metal mainstays Powermad, the latter of whom have tapped Anthrax's Charlie Benante to sit in on drums. Tickets for the event can be purchased here, starting Friday, July 7th. VIP and Meet & Greet Packages will go on sale at the same time.
September's benefit marks Mastodon's first Metro show since 2009, when they were touring behind Crack the Skye. The band has a deeply personal connection to this cause; Brann Dailor has described that album as a tribute to his sister, Skye Dailor, who took her own life at age 14.
For this special event, Munster, Indiana, microbrewery 3 Floyds' Brewing Co. will be serving its Crack the Skye beer (which hits shelves the day after the concert), and Dark Matter Coffee will be re-releasing its Crack the Skye blend.
Mastodon released their seventh full-length, Emperor of Sand, this March. The Atlanta sludge outfit are currently on the road in Europe, touring behind the record; In late September, they'll return stateside for another set of North American dates alongside Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles, with a U.K. trek to follow in December. Check here for a full list of dates.