Friday, August 16, 2013
Fundraiser-turned-tribute concert celebrated radio icon Kidd Kraddick
The Jonas Brothers, Tim Halperin, and others raised money for the non-profit Kidd's Kids.
DALLAS Several weeks ago when Frisco resident Hope Aubert bought her ticket to the August 15 Kidd’s Kids benefit concert at House of Blues, she had no idea the organization’s namesake founder, Kidd Kraddick, would not be in attendance. As videos from the foundation’s 2012 trip to Disney World played on a projection screen Thursday night, she choked back tears.
“I’ve been listening for so long, I feel like I know him,” said Aubert, a dedicated fan of the “Kidd Kraddick in the Morning” show for 15 years. “I’m here to support Kidd’s Kids and his legacy.”
Aubert, 44, was one of several hundred music enthusiasts and Kidd Kraddick supporters to pack the House of Blues Thursday night for a special fundraiser-turned-tribute show. Musical guests the Jonas Brothers, Jason Derulo, Andy Grammer, Cimorelli and Tim Halperin all paid their respects and rocked out in honor of the radio personality who died last month of cardiac disease.
The first annual Kidd’s Kids benefit concert was scheduled several months before the Kraddick's sudden and unexpected death. A public memorial service a few hours beforehand featured performances by the deejay’s daughter Caroline Cradick and favorite artist Ben Folds.
Despite the somber nature at House of Blues, “Morning Show” co-host Kellie Rasberry cast good vibes over the crowd.
“This is not a sad occasion,” she said before the first band took the stage. “This is a party! This is for Kidd’s Kids!”
Kraddick's fun-loving spirit overtook the evening as if he were really hosting. Tweens crowded the front of the stage, repeating every lyric on command. Middle-aged women kept in time with the acoustic and techno beats. And Kraddick's absence did not deter Derulo from showing his muscles or attempting to seduce the audience.
Yet Kraddick's legacy was not forgotten. Halperin, the star of Kidd’s “Idol Got It Wrong” segment, seemed especially emotional. The pop singer and pianist announced he is donating all current and future proceeds from singles “Shining Like the Stars,” “All You Got” and Ben Folds Five cover “The Luckiest” to the Kidd’s Kids Foundation. He even invited two female Kidd’s Kids on stage with him to sing “All You Got.”
“All these kids have changed my life,” Halperin said. “As long as I’m making music, I will be giving back to Kidd’s Kids.”
Though the show was "for" Kidd's Kids, it was not entirely geared toward children. Jason Derulo's set in particular made Rasberry "tingle in places I can't even say because there are minors in the room." Admittedly, some of the younger members of the audience attended the show simply because of the teen dream lineup of musicians.
For Texas Christian University student Jordan Chang, the event was worth the price of a ticket for more than just the music.
“Music is good, but a good cause is better,” he said.
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