FRIENDS FEST 2015 holds multi-genre show to support ROSMY at Smater 9/17
“When people come together, they should come together for something important and innovative,” said Ben Weiner, one of the Friends Fest 2015 organizers whose helped put the new event together to benefit Richmond’s LGBTQ youth.
As a testament to Richmond’s local community, and its local music scene, FRIENDS FEST 2k15 organizers Tommy Mcphail and Weiner have devoted much of their time to organizing this benefit event for Rosmy to be held at Strange Matter tomorrow night, 9/17.
Though not directly affiliated with the non-profit group, the event aims to support ROSMY, Richmond’s leading organization supporting LGBTQ youth.
“With support for ROSMY, we’re trying to make sure that this show and event will be as diverse as possible. To come together, create, and help each other as friends by contributing to charity,” said Weiner. “A charity that we all really stand by/for.”
ROSMY focuses on LGTBQ+ youth success, support, education, and advocacy; a mission that Mcphail and Weiner found to be an important cause for Richmond’s local community.
But the show plans to be more than just music – after seeing performer local comedian Mary Jane French perform stand-up at a house show, the two were blown away. It was a rare moment that triggered a desire to pass on that finite feeling.
“We went for one thing, but left with a love for another,” Event organizer Tommy Mcphail said. “The discovery of the idea of limitation forces us to want to break from that sort of monotony in the Richmond music scene.”
With a diverse line-up ranging from indie punk with the Weak Days, stand-up comedy by the uncensored Mary Jane French, and other appearances from local bands Jake Mayday, Pedals On Our Pirate Ships, and Clever Girl, this eclectic line-up hopes to provide different genres for a non-limiting and open subculture.
“When we were looking at a show line up, it was interesting to notice that we have gone to a lot of shows in Richmond, and often at times the shows were one-genre heavy,” McPhail said. “How great would it be to pay a flat fee and see four to five completely different bands and it also benefiting the community? This quality in the event breeds a culture of conversation on its own.”
FRIENDS FEST 2K15 happens at Strange Matter tomorrow, September 17th.
Doors for the event will open at 5pm. Entry fee is $10, but will be donated to the organization.
THE WEAK DAYS
high energy friendcore
PEDALS ON OUR PIRATE SHIPS http://
only named themselves so it would abbreviate to “POOPS”
MARY JANE FRENCH
richmond’s funniest comic
neither clever, nor girls, evangelists for bud heavy
essentially the only person worth knowing
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