This weekend, a two-day benefit concert inspired by a young child’s battles with cystic fibrosis kicks off in Minneapolis!

In May of 2013, Charlie Hopper’s son, Edison, was born with cystic fibrosis (CF), which is a life-threatening genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system.

“To say it was difficult would be inaccurate,” Charlie said. “Any time you’re confronted with something your child has that could shorten his life shifts your perspective.”

Edison is doing great now, however, due to the help he’s received from Children’s Minnesota. He currently visits Children’s every three months for check-ups and does an annual visit with his whole CF team.

“We’ve done our best to take his diagnosis in stride and the help of the team at Children’s has made that possible,” Charlie said.

Inspired by Children’s, Charlie – a local booking manager at the Fine Line Music Café – set up benefit concert for Children’s Minnesota in 2014.

Now, it’s happening again and 100 percent of the net proceeds will be donated to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

Wild Belle headlines the first of two shows Friday. Openers include local musicians Peter Wolf Crier, Jillian Rae and Old Desert Road.

On Saturday, Matt Hires headlines with Minneapolis-based Chris Koza, Dan Rodriguez and Sammy Brown opening.

The show is 18-plus. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $50 for VIP.

Local Music Tap is a blog aimed at promoting Minnesota-based musicians, bands, shows and events. If you have music blog ideas, please email cepremo@wcco.com or leave a comment below.

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