Bushel dedicated the April 2020 edition of first_friday to raise funds for our local hospital first responders as they take on the COVID-19 pandemic. The benefit was hosted by Bushel’s own D. Marcus Johnson and featured streaming live musical performances by: Jane Cramer The Bones of J.R. Jones Zach Layton (Jonathan Kane’s February) Peg Simone (Jonathan Kane’s February) Catherine McRae Kelli Cain & Brian Crabtree.

Thanks to the generosity of the performers and attendees, this benefit concert raised more than $4,000 for O’Connor Hospital in Delhi to offset extraordinary expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic––including the restocking of their dwindling supply of personal protective equipment (PPEs) such as N95 respiratory masks, face shields, gowns, and gloves.