After a Feb. 19 hit and run incident, Double Door security guard Rudy Carillo was left with a dislocated and broken jaw, not to mention copious medical bills.
As a result, Carillo's colleagues at Double Door have organized a benefit concert in his honor to help raise funds to pay the bills for reconstructive surgery, according to a news release from Double Door.
Phil Kosch, Double Door’s talent buyer was on vacation when Carillo was injured, but when he was informed of his coworker’s injuries upon his return, he knew he had to do something.
“I was traveling at the time of the accident, and when I came back--which was a week and a half later--I overheard someone saying Rudy was in the hospital,” said Kosch, “He had several procedures, and he’s going to continue having these bills and hospital visits throughout the year, so we were going to rush to do the benefit in March but decided to give it a little more lead time.”
Kosch reached out to AM Taxi to organize the benefit concert, which takes place April 19. He also found support from other local bands Hammerdown, Rotten Finko and the Convicts and Villains Company.
In addition to live music, the New Belgium brewery will be donating a keg of its Fresh Hop IPA, with all of the sales of this beer going to Carillo.
“I asked [New Belgium] if they’d be willing to donate a special keg,” said Kosch, “And they stepped up and gave us a keg.”
Kosch couldn’t help but make an observation about his community during a difficult time.
“When things like this come up I think everyone in the Chicago music community jumps to help support each other,” said Kosch.
Carillo was contacted about the event but declined to comment.
The benefit takes place at 8 p.m. Thursday. April 19. Admission is $10, with all proceeds going to Carillo.
For more information, go to doubledoor.com.
David Anthony is a RedEye special contributor