LOGAN SQUARE — The folks behind Riot Fest are throwing a memorial benefit show in honor of the fest's co-founder and owner Sean McKeough, who died suddenly in late November.
Naked Raygun and Deal's Gone Bad are set to headline to the benefit show, which will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday at Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online.
In addition to live music, there will also be a silent auction. All of the proceeds from the auction, as well as ticket sales, will go toward All Rise Foundation in McKeough's memory. The organization, which raises money for a variety of causes like underserved artists and cancer research, is run by McKeough's former partner, Erin Raymer.
"Many felt Sean’s generosity and we believe that this is a small way for us to pay it forward," the event website reads.
A musician and entrepreneur, McKeough owned All Rise Brewing and co-founded Cobra Music on the Near West Side. He also co-owned Japonais by Morimoto and now-closed restaurant Moonshine in Wicker Park. Above all else, he was widely known as a champion of the local music scene.
McKeough died from a stroke, which his family attributed to effects of radiation he received during throat cancer treatments in 2013. McKeogh was raised in Beverly, attending St. Barnabas Elementary School and Mount Carmel High School in Woodlawn.
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