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Shon Troth, fighting cancer, to be supported with benefit concert

Shon Troth in 2011. Photo courtesy Ben Clark.

A benefit concert to support local musician Shon Troth, who is fighting cancer, has been announced for Nov. 11 at the LynLake Brewery. The benefit will feature music from Solid Gold, Dream Crusher, Johnny & Molly of Communist Daughter, Sean Anonymous, Phillip Morris, and DJ Name.

Troth has been a musician and bartender in the Twin Cities for over a decade. He has played in a number of bands, including Solid Gold, Dream Crusher, Me and My Arrow, Enemy Planes, and Deceitful Lapwings. As a bartender, he was a familiar face at the now-closed Cause Spirits & Soundbar and told City Pages it felt like “home, to me.” Dream Crusher were featured in First Avenue’s Best New Bands show in 2011 and also made Vita.mn’s Best New Bands list in 2012.

Troth is currently undergoing surgeries and chemotherapy for his cancer. According to a Weebly site where his friend Blake Lehane is selling “Pho Cancer” shirts to help raise funds, Troth “like many musicians who moonlight in the service industry, doesn’t have insurance.” There’s been an outpouring of community support, and a GoFundMe campaign has raised nearly $10,000 from over 200 donors in just three days.

In a Facebook update posted just today, Troth shared some good news: “Chest and head CT scans negative!!! The cancer has not spread to my neck or brain.”

The benefit concert will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Nov. 11. For more information, see the related Facebook event.

Emily Raffesberger is a freshman at the University of St. Thomas, studying music business.