So, this is a little self-whorin, I guess, but I wanted to get the word out to as many folks as possible on as many of my regular blogs as possible.
So, last I heard, some 36,000 Iowans have been displaced by recent weeks' flooding, and that's likely to rise as the cresting continues southward. I know some of them, so do you most likely. We're hoping to do at least a little bit to help them here in the Iowa City area, having secured The United Way of Johnson County's sanction on our all-star benefit show, which will be at The Mill on Burlington (between Dubuque and Clinton) this Thursday, June 19. The Iowa City music community has responded in awesome force, and we've got two of the best known names in our local biz, Public Property and Dave Zollo, headlining tomorrow night's show, with some killer opening acts to make this an all-night, knock-down/drag-out celebration of the selfless giant-hearted people of this city.
The roughed out schedule (which will be semi-fluid for the evening) for the lineup donating their time and talents:
7:30 Burning Halos
8:00 Nate Basinger (of the Diplomats of Solid Sound) & Dustin Busch
8:35 Sam Knutson
9:15 Cellar Door
9:50 Samuel Locke Ward (of Miracles of God)
10:35 Matthew Grimm & the Red Smear
12:15-ish Public Property
As this night is both for people who might not have much to give and for the people who have already given a great deal, we've decided to make the show FREE to the public, asking very kindly, but not insistently, for donations at the door and passing the pitchers a few times during the night.
If you're in town, or nearby, I hope you can come out and we'll kick off the clean-up and rebuilding part of this whole mess with some much-needed joy and lubrication.
All our best to the folks up and down river. In solidarity, here's The Bottle Rockets' Get Down River.