The Often Awesome Benefit: A Year to Remember – Live at Kings Barcade

Posted on: March 17, 2011
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The Often Awesome Benefit: A Year to Remember

Models for Charity & Often Awesome The Series present The Often Awesome Benefit: A Year to Remember, March 17th, at Kings Barcade in Raleigh. Doors Open at 7:30 p.m. & the show starts at 8:00p.m. Cost $10. Door Proceeds will go to the The Often Awesome Org. Along with six prodigious music sets from a variety of local talent, we will be showcasing an episode from the award winning film retrospective by Often Awesome The Series.

ALL Ages Show!

Often Awesome The Series is a web series about local musician Tim Lafollette and his wife Kaylan’s battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). It’s a story about love, friends, strength, and courage. It’s about building a community of friends and family, and creating and spreading awareness through benefit shows, web episodes, and encouraging everyday people to step up and be a part of the Often Awesome Army to help find a cure. OA the series has won Most Outstanding Documentary Web Series LA Web Fest 2010, & was an Official Selection at the 2010 Carrboro Film Festival, & Official Selection at the 2011 LA Web Festival.

Band Lineup for The Often Awesome Benefit: A Year to Remember includes:

Johnny Paul Jason, the songwriting team from Raleigh NC’s The Hanks (1987 – 2008). As with The Hanks some 24 years ago, this band continues what was then the pioneering / cowpunk sounds that predated the No Depression / Uncle Tupelo / Whiskeytown bandwagon by several years.

“Reese McHenry has a voice that can rattle chandeliers at 50 paces. Not just with power but with the bluesy depth of Big Mama Thornton, where everything she sings sounds a little, well, dirty.” –Fuse “This is terrifically uninhibited garage rock with currents of blues and stoner metal bubbling beneath the surface.” -Razorcake

The Breaks line up works as an uptight four piece: Brunson Hoole on drums, Tray Batson on bass, Steve Carr on guitar and John Ensslin singing. Influences include Tubeway Army, Mott the Hoople.

SPIRALFIRE, Sinclair Vernon – the North Carolina native with a voice that can simultaneously melt your heart and peel paint off a jet engine – put together a band of raucous villains wielding rock and roll implements for the sole purpose of destroying pap and returning rock to its rightful, glorious, epic place in popular music.

Bustello’s sound has recently been described as a blend of Stiff Records power pop and ’60s garage, with ample shades of surf and rockabilly. Members include Ben Clarke, formerly of the highly influential “Metal Flake Mother;” bassist John Plymale, the Indy record producer of Superchunk, Dex Romweber Duo, and The Meat Puppets; & Drummer Jody Maxwell (along with Plymale) a founding member of NC’s “Sex Police” as well as Chapel Hill mainstay “Gumption.”

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A BIG thankyou to Riley Miller of SPIRALFIRE for agreeing to be our Master of Ceremonies & Stage Manager.

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