Poweshiek County Sheriffs Office(BROOKLYN, Iowa) — As her family celebrates her daughter’s birthday, Laura Calderwood wants people to remember Mollie Tibbetts by donating $21 to Mollie’s Movement, a fundraiser for restoration of the Brooklyn Opera House set up in honor of the late University of Iowa student.Calderwood said she hopes to mobilize the same community that participated in a month-long search for Tibbetts last year when she vanished in July after going out for a jog in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa. She was found stabbed to death in a field about a month later after a nationwide search.“We are asking people to donate $21 in honor of Mollie and we thought that was a reasonable amount that anybody could participate in,” Calderwood told ABC News’ Good Morning America in an interview that aired Wednesday, which would have been her daughter’s 21st birthday.The fundraiser was launched to remember her daughter’s love of theater.“Mollie was very gregarious, welcoming, outgoing — empathetic. She loved running. She loved theater arts. She loved singing in the shower,” Calderwood said. “Mollie was very dedicated to theater arts — she was in plays.”Calderwood said she’s had a difficult time accepting her daughter’s death, but she tries her best not to feel anger toward Christian Rivera, the accused murderer who led police to Tibbetts’ body in August.“It was indescribable and it took a higher power to get me through it, it really did … but we got through it,” she said. “I don’t wanna feel anger. I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it at all.”“I mean, people have asked me, you know, ‘Will you ever forgive him?’ And I said, ‘I haven’t — I’ve gone nowhere near that,’” she added.Calderwood has stayed largely silent in the wake of her daughter’s murder, but she said she chose to come forward in an effort to spread more kindness.“I just hope that we’ve set a good example. And with all the kindness that was given to my family and to the community — keep that in mind and pay that forward,” Calderwood said. “I mean, I received the kindness and now I’m trying to pay that forward.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The Big Melt, the brand-new multi-band concert event at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO, has announced several exciting additions to their inaugural lineup featuring members The String Cheese Incident, Lettuce, Big Gigantic, Thievery Corporation, Brazilian Girls, Snarky Puppy, The Motet, Break Science, Ghost-Note, and Pretty Lights Live Band, among others. The new event has also revealed partnerships with celebrated non-profit organizations HeadCount and Conscious Alliance.Pedal-steel guitar legend Robert Randolph and hypnotic saxophonist Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment) will both join Eric Krasno & Friends at The Big Melt. Randolph and Benjamin will help round out Krasno’s previously-announced lineup of Nigel Hall (Lettuce) on keys, Robert Sput Searight (Ghost-Note) on drums, and MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost-Note) on bass.Purple Party: A Tribute To Prince has also added Corey Frye (The Main Squeeze) and Ziek McCarter (Con Brio) to their impressive The Big Melt band lineup. The two dynamic vocalists will join the all-star band featuring Joey Porter, Lyle Divinsky, Ryan Jalbert, Drew Dayers & Parris Fleming of The Motet alongside Ghost-Note members Robert Sput Searight, MonoNeon, and Nate Werth. The band will also feature vocalists Adryon De Léon (Orgone, Matador! Soul Sounds) and Megan Letts (Mama Magnolia) as well as Magic Beans keyboardist and Purple Party Musical Director, Casey Russell.In addition, The New Mastersounds guitarist, Color Red Music label boss, and Denver music scene hero Eddie Roberts will join J.E.D.I.: Jazz Electronic Dance Improvised for their performance at The Big Melt. Roberts, who signed J.E.D.I. to his label earlier this year and recently released the band’s first single (featuring fellow Big Melt star Dominic Lalli) will add guitar to the band’s already-stacked lineup featuring Michael Kang and Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident), Ashish Vyas (Thievery Corporation), and Borahm Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights Live).The Big Melt has also announced the addition of a HeadCount-sponsored DJ Booth featuring the incredibly talented DJ and turntablist, Chris Karns. Karns, a crucial member of Pretty Lights Live Band, is a former World and USA Battle Champion at the DMC World DJ Championships, a three-time Redbull Thre3style Champion, and a finalist on VH1’s Master of the Mix. Karns will DJ at the HeadCount booth during set breaks on the main stage, as well as during the event’s VIP pre-party.In addition to the newly added artists, The Big Melt has announced that SIRIUSXM personality Ari Fink will be on hand to host and MC the event. As the Program Director and curator for SIRIUSXM’s Jam On and Pearl Jam Radio stations, Fink is one of the industry’s most influential taste-makers. He spearheaded the creation and execution of Phish and Dave Matthews Band‘s celebrated SIRIUSXM pop-up channels in 2018, and he constantly has his finger on the pulse of the live music community-at-large.Finally, The Big Melt will partner with Conscious Alliance, who will bring their ‘Art That Feeds’ food drive to The Fillmore Auditorium. They will be offering a limited-edition poster for The Big Melt in exchange for donations of non-perishable food items such as canned soups, pasta, canned fruits & vegetables, and more. Conscious Alliance always encourages food donations to be low sodium, health-oriented, and organic.Tickets to The Big Melt are available via Live Nation. Tier 1 tickets are already sold out, and Tier 2 tickets are moving quickly. Prices will increase to Tier 3 pricing one week from today on Thursday, March 7th. Grab yours today!