Community rallies to remember musician and writer Isamu Jordan | Community Spirit
Family, friends and Spokane's local music community are coming together this week to remember local musician and journalist Isamu Jordan. A benefit on Friday evening will help support his two sons, and on Sunday he will be remembered during a Celebration of Life Service at the Bing Crosby Theater.
A fierce advocate for Spokane's local music scene, Isamu Jordan's career started in high school when he covered a Sir Mix A Lot concert for the Our Generation section of the Spokesman-Review. Over the years his notoriety and influence on local music grew, he even did his own local music awards called the Sommies. His love of music didn't stop on the page, he fronted Flying Spiders, a 10 piece hip-hop orchestra.
The Spokane community lost a man who has been described as the back bone and glue of the music scene when Isamu Jordan committed suicide on September 5th, just a week ago. Those he inspired and nurtured over the years are rallying together to remember their friend and to support the two young sons that he left behind.
The Shop will host a tribute and benefit for Som on Friday evening with a silent auction beginning at 6pm. All of the money from the auction, along with 15 percent of all proceeds from The Shop will be donated to an education fund that has been set up for the Jordan boys.
Isamu's Celebration of Life is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at the Bing Crosby Theater starting at 1pm. Friends and loved ones are asked to wear superhero shirts, band shirts, Flying Spider shirts, and black and red to capture the spirit of their friend. Isamu's wife, Rachel, has requested that people bring a photo to give to her boys so they can always remember the impact their father had on so many.
Following the service, The Baby Bar and Neato Burrito, will be open for friends to gather and share a memory about Som. Owner, Patty Tully, will be donating 100 percent of all Sunday's profits directly to the fund for Som's family.
Those who were inspired and encouraged by Som over the years are invited to attend any and all of these events to mourn the loss of Som and to celebrate the gift he shared with Spokane for so many years. If you would like to donate to the fund for Isamu Jordan's sons click HERE.
“You gotta maintain for your flock, even when they're fallin' off, you gotta catch them when they drop.” - Isamu Jordan.