UTK Graduate and Knoxville Native David Francisco Platillero to Perform at the Bijou Theatre, a Year Since a Horrific Accident Left Him Partially Paralyzed

A Vivid Example of Triumph of the Human Spirit, David Shares His journey in Song and Film
KnoxvilleDavid Francisco Platillero’s (whose artist name is David Francisco) life was permanently changed last April when a distracted driver ran a red light and T-boned him while he was riding his bike home

David Platillero at The Shepherd Center

from the world-renowned Blackbird Academy in Nashville, where he was studying music production. The initial prognosis was devastating and landed the 24-year old singer/songwriter at The Shepherd Center in Atlanta fighting to regain his ability to walk while longing to make music again.
After almost a year, both goals are within reach! Now walking with assistive devices, Francisco has returned to Blackbird and is again realizing his dream of making music. The difference is now there is a whole lot more interest in this incredible musician. The music community has rallied around him led by John McBride, who owns the audio school he attends. Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick honored Francisco at the annual 2016 Pensado Awards in Los Angeles. Additionally, the philanthropic arm of NARAS, called MusiCares, stepped up in a big way to help the family with the mountain of medical expenses he has incurred since being injured.
On Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Bijou Theatre, David Francisco will perform songs from his recently released EP “Colors” along with the premiere of his powerful story in the short film “Back to Blackbird”. Doors open at 7pm and tickets start at $18.00.
During Grammy week, MusiCares honored Francisco at their Annual Gala Benefitting the MusiCares Foundation®.  They showed a short video that featured Francisco’s brave journey and how music has played a part in his recovery. “David is an extraordinary young man,” said Debbie Carroll, Senior Executive Director of MusiCares. “He has faced one of the biggest challenges one could ever face: The loss of your mobility. It has been our honor to walk through this with him.”
For more information on David visit his website at DavidFranciscoMusic.com

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