Hope Harrington Oakes

Staff Writer


In his short life, Hayden Allen touched a great many lives.  The young husband and father passed away suddenly two weeks ago while performing at a wedding.  He left behind his wife, Jessi, and daughters, Zoe and Anberlyn, his parents Scotty and Beverly, and a host of family and friends.  Several people wanted to do something for Hayden and his family, so organizers put together a benefit.  Because Hayden was held in downtown Columbus as a collaboration between Zachary’s, Huck’s Place, the Elbow Room, Main Street Columbus, The City of Columbus, several local bands, and many, many others.  Zachary’s had two stages alternating live acts. In the restaurant area: The New Age Relics, Alibi, Youth of Eden, Brown Betty, and The Wright Moves. In the bar area: Tatum Shappley, Jimmy Redd, Hope and Matt, and Tim “Mookie” Wilson.  The Elbow Room also had live bands: Rob Swindol, Night Crawlers, Possum Town Stranglers, Shane Tubbs Band, and Sam Strickland and the Midnight Radio. Hayden’s mother, Beverly, stated, “We are so thankful.  It’s amazing that all of Hayden’s friends, that Columbus came together for his family. We are grateful.”   All proceeds from the event goes to Hayden’s family.