Tiny Evie Rocks Host Free Suicide and Mental Health Awareness Rock Concert Friday in Tyler

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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) — In an effort to start conversations and provide mental health resources to community members, an East Texas band is hosting a free Friday night rock concert at Bergfeld Park.

Tiny Evie Rocks was founded in 2019 by Michael and Jessica Domingos after losing their 12-year-old daughter, Evie, to suicide. This is the first year that they have organized this concert and it is during National Suicide Prevention Week.

Co-founder Jessica Domingos said of the goal: “After losing our daughter Evie to suicide, we realized that there is a huge stigma associated with mental health and suicide. We want to break that stigma, and the way to do that is to start a conversation.

There will be food trucks, local artists playing all night, and over 20 booths providing mental health resources to the community.

“Everything went so well. Everyone believed in our cause and wanted to be part of the conversation,” Domingos said. “We feel really lucky to have the support of so many amazing people and great bands.”

Lisa Lane is one of the musicians playing. She said some artists who have influenced her are Stevie Nicks and Jewel. This kind of concert concept is close to home.

“My dad committed suicide when I was little. He was actually a musician and that’s kind of where I got some of my talent and influence. He was a drummer and a singer,” said Lane said. “Unfortunately he just couldn’t recover from his illnesses and a lot of that was kept under wraps at the time, you didn’t really talk about mental illness. And I think it’s such a great opportunity for people to shed some light on that.

As for why the concert genre is rock, well, it’s Evie and her family’s favorite music.

“Evie was a big rock fan. She was a KISS fan, she loved Journey, all things rock and roll. Like 70s rock and roll, she just has a passion for music,” Domingos said. “What better way to honor him than to bring the community together with music and have this conversation about mental health and suicide?”

The free concert will take place from 5-9 p.m. this Friday night at Bergfeld Park in Tyler.

If you or someone you know needs someone to talk to, the national suicide helpline is 988.

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