Singer-songwriter Drake White is set to host his first-ever Benefit for the Brain concert at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium on August 28th.
White will be joined by Randy Houser, Riley Green, Jamey Johnson and other special guests throughout the night, which will combine music and fellowship in hopes of bridging the gap between public perception and brain/mental health awareness. As White puts it, the evening will be dedicated to "the battle between your ears."
The benefit will seek to advance research and support networks in the field of brain and mental health. All proceeds raised will be gifted through White's Big Fire Fund to a handpicked slate of benefit partners representing three pillars: military personnel and their families with a focus on PTSD and other related issues, child and adolescent brain health, and progressive research into alternative brain and stroke treatments.
The Benefit for the Brain is a cause close to White's heart as he was diagnosed with a rare brain disorder in 2019, called an arteriovenous malformation (AVM). The condition, which is described as an abnormal vascular formation in the brain which constricts blood flow, caused White to nearly collapse at a show in Roanoke, Virginia from a stroke in August of 2019.
The rare vascular disorder forced him to relearn almost everything, including playing guitar and singing, but White is determined to help others battle their own brain issues. Since 2019, he has been slowly but surely making his recovery and continuing to share his story through his music.
Tickets to the Benefit for the Brain 2023 are available to purchase below: