Mason Metalfest is a very special festival taking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 24th.
A group of fantastic bands are getting together for the event, which is set to kick start Best Seat In The House, a new project that will see Mason McDeid become even more embroiled in the local and international music scene.
Mason has cerebral palsy, but that’s not stopping him from taking in more shows than many of us can dream of, and the Best Seat In The House project is the development of that ongoing dream. “Mason loves music and people, and will work at the company reporting on rock/metal concerts working his way to a European metal concert (Richard’s goal is for Mason to be front row in front of hundreds of thousands of fans). The 2nd purpose behind the goal is special needs awareness and encourage parents to be more active with their children, special needs or not.”
Regular readers of My Good Planet may remember when we covered Mason’s epic adventure last year, one which saw him attend hundreds of heavy metal shows alongside his father Richard. What began as a way in which to see how many concerts they could take in, soon became a mission. “We look for ‘impossible’ goals,” Richard McDeid said at the time, which is one of the ways in which the family push forward in providing an awesome life for Mason.
The McDeids have become a regular fixture on the gig scene, taking in shows by bands such as Metallica, Lamb of God and Korn whenever they can. Mason is a wheelchair user but is well taken care of when he attends the shows. Metal was a way in which Mason’s father used to soothe him as a child, and it spurned into a life-long passion. It was Richard who got in touch to let us know about this upcoming mini-fest which will see Mason ‘reporting on local music and doing special needs awareness‘.
According to the Best Seat In The House Facebook Page, ‘We have chosen music as his carrier, Mason will work his way to Europe.’
Tickets are available for the event. A fundraising page for the organisation has also been set up! Here’s hoping that Mason keeps on attending, reporting and enjoying concerts, and that he makes it over to Europe sometime very soon….we can definitely confirm that the metal shows are great there too.