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Rocking the right note for Frosti, a young boy suffering from a rare genetic condition

By Staff

  • Frosti and pals Smutty Smiff (left), the organizer of the event, and musician Daníel Ágúst from GusGus with Frosti. Photo/Lalli Jóns

Everyone loves a rock concert. The only thing better is a “rock concert for a great cause,” and that is exactly what is happening on September 7th, 2014. Rokktónleikar Frosta or Frosti’s Rock Concert is a star-studded rock event that will raise money for Frosti Jay Freeman, a young boy suffering from a rare genetic condition.

The concert will take place at Háskólabíó cinema in Reykjavík, and doors will open for the event at 4 pm, with the music starting at 5 pm. The cost of the event is 2,900 ISK, and you can purchase your ticket today on midi.is.

The hero of the night is Frosti Jay Freeman, a seven-year-old boy who was diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic condition called ataxia telangiectasia. Frosti is only the third Icelander to be diagnosed with the disease, which causes severe disabilities of the nervous and immune systems. All proceeds from the concert as well as an accompanying art auction will go towards the expensive medical care required to treat the young boy and maintain his quality of life.

Smutty Smith, the organizer of the event, was an original member of Levi and the Rockats. Smutty is now a radio DJ at X-ið 97.7 here in Iceland and still plays with his rockabilly house band. Smutty first learned of Frosti’s story when Frosti was in Smith’s son’s class at school. After learning of the boy’s rare condition, Smutty felt the desire to use his musical connections to fundraise for the cause. After weeks of preparation, Smutty was able to put together a very impressive line-up of Icelandic rock stars to play the event. The night should be a memorable occasion with lots of good vibes and funds raised in support of Frosti.

So far, bands and artists that are confirmed for the event are Bubbi Morthens, Daníel Ágúst from GusGus, Lay Low, Dimma, Helgi Björns, Pollapönk, Krummi, Kontinuum, Petur Ben, and Smutty Smiff and his rockabilly house band.

David Bowie You can bid for this signed and numbered print. Photo by Mick Rock

Charity art auction
in addition to the concert, money will also be raised for Frosti through an art auction, featuring some amazing photos from rock ‘n’ roll history.  Attendees will have the chance to bid on iconic shots of classic artists such as David Bowie, Queen, Blondie, and many others. All proceeds raised from the auction, like the rock concert, will benefit Frosti and his family. This is a one-of-kind chance to take home a piece of rock ‘n’ roll history, so don’t miss out!

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