ITHACA—On May 21st, Trumansburg singer-songwriter Isabel Reidy will host a concert at Ithaca’s Sacred Root Kava Lounge to benefit the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County. The night’s line-up will include Reidy’s band Izzy True, cult-beloved Rochester rock band Attic Abasement, and Ithaca’s own alternative hip hop artist Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, better known as Sammus.

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The Ithaca Voice recently interviewed both Izzy True and Sammus as a part of the Bedhead Sessions, a video series of performances and interviews with local and touring musicians. Though their full interviews are still to come, the two artists’ thoughts on mental health and the upcoming benefit have been excerpted in the following video.

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Reidy, who is hosting the event independently of the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County, intends to donate all proceeds from the show directly to the mental health organization. The official website for the event includes the following mission statement:

This event was conceived as a way to open up a candid dialogue about mental health issues in our community. We live in a culture of denial, dismissal, and neglect when it comes to mental illness. Our infrastructure for care is largely limited to crisis management, intervening only when a situation is so dire it can no longer be ignored. Creating a safe, welcoming space for people to talk about their experiences with mental illness is an important step towards making Tompkins County a better home for those who struggle with these issues. All proceeds from the show will be donated to the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County.

The benefit concert will be held at 9 p.m. May 21 at Sacred Root Kava Lounge and Tea Bar, at 103 S. Geneva Street.

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Benjamin Torrey is a videographer and photographer for the Ithaca Voice. He produces video spots for the businesses that underwrite the Voice, and is the creator of the Bedhead Sessions.