Weekend Ticket: Bowie’s hosts benefit concert Friday

Published 5:40 pm Wednesday, November 21, 2018


NATCHEZ — Some locals might spend their Friday night after Thanksgiving with their holiday shopping lists, but others may choose to jam to a Country Rock band while helping out a friend in need.

The William Finley band of Nashville is hosting a benefit concert at Bowie’s Tavern for a long-time friend who fell approximately 12 feet from a tree stand on his hunting property in Natchez last September.

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The show starts at 8 p.m. Friday for a $10 cover charge at the door and will last roughly four hours, said lead singer, Will Trosclair.

All proceeds will help cover medical expenses for Ken Beesley Jr., who suffered a punctured lung, broken ribs, fractured vertebrae and a torn tendon in his hand.

Will said his father, Finley, organized the event with the help of local sponsors out of a heartfelt concern for the son of an old friend and former Cathedral football coach.

“My dad (Finley) played football for (Beesley’s) dad, Ken Beesley Sr., at Cathedral,” Will said. “My whole family is from Natchez, and we were coming into town for Thanksgiving anyway. He figured it would be a great time for us to help out. … We’re trying to get as many people out to join us as possible.”

Will said he and his brother Drew started their performance career in their early college years, with Drew on lead guitar and himself on lead vocals. Both now live and work in Nashville and perform at least four times a week at various venues, including Jason Aldean’s and Luke’s 32 Bridge — the official restaurant of Luke Bryan in Nashville.

Finley said he hopes everyone will come out and support his friend while watching his sons showcase their talents in rock music with a Southern twist.

The Beesley’s have been a huge part of Finley’s elementary and high school years, as well as a part of the lives of many other Cathedral students and athletes who knew them, he said.

“I attended Cathedral from kindergarten through 12th grade,” Finley said. “This is from the heart — from former players. … We’re donating whatever we collect at the door, and any extra donations are appreciated as well. … That’s what this show is all about: Giving back to the people who gave to us.”