Following the death of CharlestheFirst, a memorial benefit show was planned to honor the legacy of the late virtuoso of electronic music production.
Scheduled for January 29th at Denver's Mission Ballroom, the event will bring together CharlestheFirst's family, friends and associates to celebrate his life and impact on the dance music community. Before his sudden and tragic death, the beloved DJ, whose real name was Charles Elias Ingalls, was widely regarded as one of the most promising artists on the electronic scene – a notion reinforced by his extraordinary latest album SOLUS.
Organized by fellow Ingalls Lab Group, Potions and Supertask, the event begins at 5:00 p.m. with the unveiling of a bespoke mural. Tickets for the Memorial Benefit Show can be purchased here.
CharlestheFirst's mother, Beth Ingalls, recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to reduce the financial burden of hosting local memorial events, among other expenses. The ultimate goal, she wrote, is to create a foundation in her son's name and create a "retreat, healing center, and collaborative studio environment" for artists.
"The devastating loss of Charles in December presented some immediate financial challenges and we respectfully ask for donations to help with expenses for his local memorial, us (his mother and brothers) attending another memorial event in Denver and to help with other expenses incurred," reads the description of the fundraiser, which has almost tripled its goal of $10,000 at the time of writing. You can donate here.
The amazing artist, who was recently named one of worldmusic.blog's Best Music Producers of 2021, was reportedly found dead in a Nashville hotel room on the morning of December 10, where he was staying the night before a scheduled gig at The Caverns in Pelham .
According to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, there was no evidence of trauma to the then 25-year-old Ingalls' body. Officials are currently investigating his death.