An artist and poet from Jefferson City is dead following a performance on Halloween night. During a spoken word performance about suicide, Tarren Jakobi, who went by the stage name ‘Mr. Sunshine’, simulated a hanging in front of a crowd of on-lookers at The Mission Bar in Jeff City. Audience members posed for pictures with Jakobi and took videos of the performance, not realizing anything was wrong. It wasn’t until several minutes later, they realized the stunt was going on too long and contacted emergency services.
A benefit concert is being held tonight at Gumbo Bottoms Ale House to help cover funeral expenses. Several bands are scheduled to perform. Any and all tips/donations received during the show will go to Jakobi’s family. A memorial is scheduled for Monday at Bone’s in the Alley.