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Remembering Mike Epps: A Legacy of Music, Compassion, and Community

Today, I want to share a story about a remarkable man who redefined the meaning of generosity and compassion. This isn't just any story; it's about Mike Epps, a man whose profound impact on my life and the lives of so many others is beyond words.

Mike Epps - A to Zen
Mike Epps

I first crossed paths with Mike in 2018, during a benefit concert for a local shelter. My band, "One Way Street," performed at his venue, A to Zen, and that night marked the beginning of a friendship that would blossom into something extraordinary.

From that initial encounter, Mike and I embarked on a journey filled with music and camaraderie. We performed together at numerous SongWriter Showcases, recorded a compilation CD featuring local artists, and orchestrated the inaugural “Big Tent Revival” show in Carson City. Our shared moments on the stage of the Brewery Arts Center were nothing short of magical.

What set Mike apart was his boundless compassion for local performers. He wasn't just a supporter; he was a pillar of strength for the artistic community. Through his venue, he offered a sanctuary for musicians to experiment, perform, and even test out their comedic chops. His heart was as vast as his generosity, creating a nurturing environment where everyone felt welcomed and valued.

Mike and Lee at A to Zen - Carson City NV
Mike Epps and Lee Kennedy

Mike and I often talked about the thrill of watching newcomers at open mic nights at A to Zen. It was inspiring to see them conquer their fears and share their hearts with the world. Mike's unwavering support and encouragement made these moments even more beautiful.

He had a unique gift for making everyone feel like they belonged. His warm, welcoming spirit was infectious, and his dedication to uplifting others was unparalleled. Countless artists found their voices and their confidence because of Mike's selfless support.

On Tuesday, May 21st, Mike Epps left us to join the Lord. The void he leaves is immeasurable, but so is the legacy of love and encouragement he bestowed upon us. Personally, knowing Mike made me a better person, and I feel incredibly blessed to have called him a friend.

The friendship I shared with Mike, the music we created together, and witnessing the lives he transformed are memories I will cherish forever. Mike, you were a brother to me. I will miss you dearly, but I take comfort in knowing your spirit will always watch over A to Zen.

If you can, please consider helping Mike’s family during this difficult time by donating here:

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