The Rock The Park benefit concert is still on for Saturday, May 22, at Bryan’s Fountain City Amphitheater. This despite the recent passing of James “Jimmy” Holbrook, one of the event organizers and leader of the Holbrook Brothers Band that was scheduled to cap off the 10-hour musical and community event.
“That’s what Jim would have wanted,” said his sister and fellow concert organizer, Deb Holbrook Beevers.
Holbrook passed away suddenly on April 30. He and Deb and other family members have organized the annual Joyce Reeder Memorial Foundation benefit concerts for the past four years, honoring their sister, Joyce, who passed in 2015.
Because of that experience, they were asked by Bryan High School music teacher and orchestra director Brandon Gordon to help with the Rock The Park event, which Gordon envisioned as a fundraiser for the Lucas family.
Parents Autumn and Josh Lucas both passed away in 2020 and are survived by two minor children, Calla, 16, and Tavis, 14 — both Bryan High School students who are involved in the BHS music department — along with one adult son, Navin.
Paternal grandfather Kevin Lucas is now the legal guardian for the children.
Beevers noted that Holbrook, a lifelong musician, figured prominently as organizer, stage manager and performer at Rock The Park.
“We can’t replace Jim, but others are stepping up and helping us ... This event was planned to raise money for the Lucas family, but now it will also be dedicated to Jimmy’s memory. We’ll pay tribute to Jimmy during the event while raising funds and offering support to a local family in need,” Beevers said.
Holbrook was well known in the area as the charismatic leader of the Holbrook Brothers Band, provided entertainment for many local festivals and was active with The Davey Farrell Project and many other local benefits.
Beevers said she and Jimmy “were honored” when contacted by Gordon to help organize a concert that has become Rock The Park.
“One thing about Jimmy, he loved the kids, loved the talent shows and (student) concerts. He just loved helping the students, so he was excited to do this event,” said Beevers “It’s a good fit for us to help out and Jimmy would want everyone to come out and have a great time.”
Admission May 22 is a freewill donation, and there will be 50-50 raffles, with all proceeds of the event going to the Lucas family, said Beevers.
Multiple bands will perform throughout the day, including the BHS Alternate Strings, under the direction of Gordon, and there will be a Pence’s food truck and merchandise.
Spangler Candy Company has provided $1,000 “seed” funding to pay for the sound system and other expenses as needed, with any balance remaining to be added to the donation to the Lucas family. Spangler President Bill Martin and Bryan Mayor Carrie Schlade have been strong supporters and are assisting with the event where needed, Beevers noted.