Music benefit will honor two Hawken seniors killed in crash

The second Catch Meaning Music Fest will be held on Sunday, May 28, at the House of Blues in Cleveland. The concert is a benefit to honor Josh Weil and Alex Doody, the two Hawken School seniors who were killed in a car accident on May 14, 2015. Weil lived in Cleveland Heights.

The concert will raise money for the Catch Meaning Fund at the Cleveland Foundation, which was established by the Weil and Doody families.

According to Michael Weil, Josh's father and a lifelong Cleveland Heights resident, the purpose of the fund is "to identify organizations that would be of interest to young adults or that would have been of interest to Josh and Alex. We can then make donations to those organizations."

Last year, the first Catch Meaning concert was held at Jacobs Pavilion, and raised more than $100,000. This year's concert will feature hip-hop artist RJD2; jazz-hip-hop duo Break Science; and an Australian quintet, Jakubi, that plays rhythm & blues, rock and soul music. Two other bands will also be on the bill—the Aaron Cohen Band from New Orleans, and Amora, Amora, from Boulder, Colo.

The concert’s organizers are Kathy Blackman, who owns the Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights, and Lisa Vincequerra of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

General admission tickets to the concert are $35, and donor-VIP tickets are $200. Tickets are available online at and at the House of Blues box office. For more information about the concert, and the Catch Meaning Fund, visit

Michael Weil said he hopes that the concert will become an annual event that will go on for many years. "I hope that we are building something that will be a long-term experience," he said. "I want something that Josh and Alex's friends can be part of for many years and that their children will also be able to become a part of it. I want Josh and Alex’s memories to be alive and be celebrated for many years to come.”

James Henke

James Henke, a Cleveland Heights resident, was a writer and editor at Rolling Stone magazine for 15 years. He is also the author of several books, including biographies of Jim Morrison, John Lennon and Bob Marley. He is on the board of FutureHeights, and is co-chair of the Heights Observer Advisory Committee.

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