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Ice cream support group looks back on first year ahead of anniversary bash at Smatter 7/29

Inspired by musical and creative collectives like Odd Future, BUFU, Awful Records, and Brockhampton, ice cream support group strives to be that eclectic collective of eccentrics that everyone else wants to be.

Ishan Bose | July 28, 2017

In case you hadn’t heard of them and missed out on karaoke night or pool party day or any of their other events this month, you’re in luck because Richmond’s ice cream support group(icsg) is throwing their final anniversary bash at Strange Matter on July 29.

Known for their hit queer dance parties and alternative and engaging workshops, ice cream support group (icsg) has radically altered the DIY scene in Richmond since their conception last summer.

The brainchild of musicians and creatives, Christian Something and Jafar Flowers, ice cream support group was born out of a desire to see something new in Richmond beyond the typical house show or party. Other members include DAZEASES, WaBEYA, Mango Lakay, and Julian.

Inspired by musical collectives like Odd Future, BUFU, Awful Records, and Brockhampton, ice cream support group strives to be that eclectic collective of eccentrics that everyone else wants to be.

The group has been holding a month-long anniversary throughout July to celebrate their own success and growth as well Richmond’s DIY communities as a whole in the past year.

“I still feel like organizing, especially community organizing is not simple work,” said Jafar, a queer non-binary Black person and one of the creative minds behind the group.

“I’m talking about the stuff that also comes with music and art. Like accountability. Protection. Healing.

Alongside hosting community events such as socials and cookouts, the group also invited other QTPOC people in the community to facilitate workshops (including myself) that span an array of creative DIY topics, from learning design grids or how to DJ to shooting experimental video.

“I think we forget that’s an essential part of DIY and if we forget it we’re just kidding ourselves. We can’t sustain ourselves as an artists community if we don’t do that,” Jafar continued.

Also, a shameless aside on my workshop— Along with Christian, I facilitated a workshop on how to use Excel (or Google Spreadsheets) to organize your life. While we cover basic formulas and formatting, our main goal was to not only make these programs more accessible to people, but also use these programs in ways that are of everyday benefit to folks, like budgeting expenses.

Hitting it off with a 24-hour livestream, filled with video games and movies, Christian set the electric pace for the hectic month that will culminate this weekend.

“We wanted to give people options on the day-to-day,” said Christian. “Let’s do something different, hopefully, it inspires people to do something different— what they want to do, that’s ultimately what we’re trying to do.”

During this weekend’s show,Members Christian (as DJ SKRT SKRT), Jafar Flowers, and Dan Mango will be playing at the event. Nü Richmond, the ice cream – sponsored DIY music festival will be accepting donations. You can also donate to them online through Paypal, Venmo, or Square Cash. If you’re bummed you missed the hype and the big events, keep your eyes peeled for whatever the collective has brewing for next year, as well as the aforementioned DIY festival, Nü Richmond.

The anniversary bash will be held this Sat., July 29 at Strange Matter. Doors open at 8pm and music starts at 9pm. The cover fee is $5. Check out the event page for more details.