Downtown West Palm Beach club owner Rodney Mayo is hosting a music benefit next month for Corey Jones, a drummer who was gunned down in October by an off-duty Palm Beach Gardens police officer.
Jones played drums for the Future Prezidents, which will be one of several bands performing Dec. 10 in the 500 block of Clematis Street at three Mayo-owned venues: Respectable Street, Longboards and Subculture Coffee.
“That block is going to be ‘Corey block,’’’ said Boris Simoneov, singer and leader of the Future Prezidents. “It’s all about keeping the beat alive for Corey.’’
The event, from 7 p.m. to midnight, could include up to 12 bands. There will also be artists, vendors and be petitions urging local lawmakers to introducing legislation next year requiring police officers to wear body cameras.
Proceeds will go to Jones’ family.
“I’m hoping we can make this an annual event,’’ said Simoneov.
“Rodney reached out to me about doing this. He has really taken on a leadership role, much more than I’ve seen from our elected officials.’’
Jones died Oct. 18 while trying to get home after performing for the Future Prezidents in Jupiter. He was waiting for a tow truck after his vehicle broke down on the southbound exit ramp of Interstate 95 when he was shot and killed by Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja around 3:15 a.m.
Raja — who was wearing plain clothes and driving an unmarked van when he confronted Jones — was fired by the city last week.