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Monday, June 30, 2014

CFTC-A Benefit for The Boys & Girls Club

Concert For The Cause
By Lydia Lowe

     Rain threatened the event in the morning but after lunch the rain ended and Concert For The Cause got off to an exciting start with guitar stars on Saturday night.

     Two members of Dominus X, Burgess Martin and Josh Keeling, opened the show.  Martin has been perfecting a new method for playing the guitar called “the tap method”.  He first introduced this at day one of a two day show for Sterling Autism that was held near the first of the year at Hutch Vapor.  He’s obviously been putting in a lot of practice on this method and what a great way to open the show.  He was backed up on guitar by Keeling which added to the overall effect.  At one point, Martin played the guitar and the bass simultaneously.  When he announced at the beginning of the night that he was going to do this the crowd was not quite sure whether to believe it or not.  Then he actually did that very thing.  It was truly amazing.  And what a crowd these two drew.  Last week the new and improved Dominus X played and word must have gotten around because Martin and Keeling played to a rather large crowd to start out the night.

      Next up was Josh Lightsey AKA J* Wheelz.  Lightsey did some guitar work at the beginning of his set.  But Lightsey is primarily a rapper and before too long he was joined on stage by Keyboy and Rocket Man.  They did several raps together as a group and then various combinations of one, two or all three together.   Their styles were just a bit different than most rappers and the crowd was intrigued with their music.  The Boys and Girls Club was the featured non-profit for the evening and I found out that these three young men had been a part of that organization when they were younger.

     The final act for the evening was Kevin Seig.  Seig played guitar and seemed to be fairly competent on this instrument.  Unfortunately, instead of seeing this opportunity for what it’s intended to be which is food, music and fun in the park on a Saturday night with the family, Seig used it as a platform for his views about the military.  He mentioned several times that folks shouldn’t join the army.  This came across to the crowd as an attack on veterans.  The crowd began to dwindle until there were very few left in the park to listen.  

     The few hardy souls that hung in there got an unexpected treat as the night wrapped up with some acoustic guitar by Sean Story of VOS, who helped run the sound for the evening, as well as a one last rap by J* Wheelz, Keyboy, and Rocket Man that got those left in the park up on their feet to jump around.

     Next week is our 4th of July show on July 5th.  Come over to Avenue A Park and check out this line-up: VOS-Victims of Spotlight will be there as well as Fraktured Black and Godzillionare.  The featured non-profit will be The Salvation Army, and remember that the sales of the food and drink always goes directly to the non-profit that is featured each and every Saturday evening throughout the summer.

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