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by Tori Moore
Who said teenagers who listen to hardcore music don't have a soft spot? Kelsey Gamino, Chelsea Mauritz, and Tatum Love are three girls who decided to make a difference starting a charity hardcore/punk concert that will benefit local women in Detroit, Michigan and the surrounding Metro-Detroit area.
The idea was born from the girls' group chat when they were upset about missing Boston's Rock Benefit Show. The show featured bands like Leather Daddy, Firewalker, Dame, Crossfire, Ringer, Meeter Feeder, and more, and the proceeds went to a good cause. The trio began to brainstorm and wondered if they could do something similar, but locally. They found a location, Sanctuary Detroit, one of Detroit's finest DIY venues, then decided to contact every hardcore band they could think of. The girls tried to make sure that most of the bands consisted of mostly females or female-identifying people, and that most were local, as this event was designed keeping local women in mind. The purpose started as a fun way to make women feel more comfortable in the hardcore scene, which is quite male-dominated at the moment, and slowly spiraled into something greater.
The girls were discussing how they could make this event more beneficial, when Kelsey met a woman who introduced her to Alternatives for Girls. The organization is stationed in Detroit and, according to its website, their purpose is "to help homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and help them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives."
The girls still plan to meet with Alternatives for Girls to decide exactly into what the money will go, but all leftover proceeds will solely be given to them. Along with the music, a vegan bake sale and magazine sale will be part of the fundraising.
The line-up for the night so far is:
DC / NYC - PUNK HARDCORE
MARYLAND - PUNK HARDCORE
MICHIGAN - BEATDOWN
WEST VIRGINIA - GARAGE PUNK
MICHIGAN - PUNK HARDCORE
MICHIGAN - ELECTRONIC
MICHIGAN - EMO ACOUSTIC
If you want to make a difference in the Detroit community, rock out in a friendly space, support local bands, and eat vegan baked goods, be at Sanctuary Detroit at 5p.m on September 17th, 2016 with $10!
For questions, please contact:
Kelsey - firstname.lastname@example.org
Chelsea - email@example.com
Tatum - firstname.lastname@example.org
Or, visit their event on Facebook here.