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Rock concert benefits children of slain Lakewood woman

From right front, Voxxy Vallejo, Gene Vallejo, Bob Myers, Markal Harris and Randy Tingle and are Tacoma
From right front, Voxxy Vallejo, Gene Vallejo, Bob Myers, Markal Harris and Randy Tingle and are Tacoma's Voxxy Vallejo band. The musicians will play April 10 at Lakewood's Happy Days Casino, 11521 Bridgeport Way S.W., in a benefit concert for Carol Parsons' family. Parsons was slain March 17 during a counseling session at Calvary Lutheran Church. Her ex-husband, Charles Parsons is charged with first-degree murder.
— image credit: Courtesy of Voxxy Vallejo band

Northwest musicians will rock a Lakewood casino April 10 during a benefit show to support the family of Carol Parsons.

Parsons, a 38-year-old Lakewood woman, was allegedly slain by her ex-husband, Charles Parsons, March 17 at a counseling session at Calvary Lutheran Church in Federal Way. The couple had been divorced around a year, but Charles wished to reunite. When Carol refused to stop seeing her boyfriend, Charles Parsons allegedly fired six shots at her. Carol died of gunshot wounds to her torso at Harborview Medical Center soon after.

Carol Parsons left behind three children — ages 5, 9 and 11. Money from the packed billing will go to the children. The all-ages show will take place 6 p.m. to midnight April 10 at Happy Days Casino, 11521 Bridgeport Way S.W., Lakewood. Admission is $12.

The benefit concert, produced by Northwest Music Scene, Northwest Convergence Zone and Music Giving Back, will be emceed by radio station KZOK's Rockfish. Performing will be Voxxy Vallejo, Deborah Page, O'Dark: 30, China Davis and ML3.

"The bands are all fun bands," said Glen Casebeer, Northwest Music Scene promoter. "All of them, in some way or another, have all been touched by domestic violence."

The bands

Voxxy Vallejo is a Tacoma five-piece founded in 2007. The band's self-described sound is "beautifully varied from sweet loving ballads to knock down in your face rock and roll/rhythm and blues," according to the band's Web site at www.voxxyvallejo.com. Voxxy Vallejo, the lead singer, lends her name to the band and calls the music "rock indie."

Vallejo has been in abusive relationships in the past and understands what Carol Parsons may have been experiencing prior to her death, she said.

"My heart definitely goes out to this woman's family," Vallejo said. "The last person you ever expect to hurt you like that is the person you commit your life to."

The two-member Deborah Page band was formed in Tacoma in 2007. The band describes its sound as "a combination of melodic rock, funk, folk and beats with haunting electric guitar and vocals that will find a place deep inside of you and stay there," according to the band's Web site at www.deborahpagemusic.com.

Singer and guitarist Deborah Page said it's an honor and a humbling experience to be involved in the show.

"We really wanted to be a part of that and use our musical talent to provide relief and help to the family," she said.

O'Dark: 30 is a three-piece band based out of Kent. It presents a mix of acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums, harmonica, saxophone, keys and vocals. Members describe their music as original, energizing, positive, uplifting, fun, diverse and danceable, according to the band's Web site at www.myspace.com/odark30music.

The four-member Seattle-based China Davis includes brothers Ben and Ted Fuller. The acoustic-rock band was created in 1995, went on hiatus in 2002, and returned in full force in 2009, according to the Weekly Volcano.

ML3 brings music with a purpose. The four-piece rock group perform in traditional spaces as well as prisons, youth facilities and biker rallies, singing and mentoring about the hardships of overcoming addiction — and the sweet delicacies sober living can bring. The members, all in recovery themselves, speak from experience, according to the Morning Light Outreach and Mentorship Web site at newmorninglight.com.

Inspiration

The benefit show was initiated by Tiffany Coberly, a Clover Park Technical College classmate of Carol Parsons. Coberly and other classmates in the human services class heard of Parsons' death after their finals. Parsons was a loving and caring person who never had anything bad to say and who devoted herself to her children, Coberly said.

"(The show is) all about her kids," Coberly said. "I knew that her kids were going to need financial help."

Coberly approached Casebeer about a week ago and requested he organize the show. He couldn't say no. The benefit concert is a way to help Parsons' children while subtly calling attention to domestic violence, he said.

"We did want to sort of wake people up a tiny bit," Casebeer said.

The bands and Happy Days Casino are donating their time and space free of charge for the benefit concert.

"I can't give these bands enough credit, because they are coming out and playing for free for a woman they never even knew," Coberly said.

Check it out

The all-ages show will take place 6 p.m. to midnight April 10 at Happy Days Casino, 11521 Bridgeport Way S.W., Lakewood. Admission is $12.

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