Sunday’s feel-good anniversary show raised thousands for food and anti-poverty programs with lively, goofy rock sets by The FuzzRites, Domestic Problems and The Honeytones. (Photo gallery, video)
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On Sunday in Los Angeles, global pop stars Taylor Swift, One Direction and Imagine Dragons strutted their stuff in designer duds and carted home a bunch of glittery hardware to add to their riches at the uber-hyped popularity contest known as the American Music Awards.
On Sunday in Grand Rapids, local rock faves Domestic Problems and The FuzzRites joined The Honeytones – who were pumped up significantly by special guests Hannah Rose Graves, Hank Mowery and Rolly Smith – to sweat and groove and goof around for hours on stage to send a worthy charity home with a bunch of necessary cash to aid the needy at the 20th anniversary celebration of Feedback at Founders Brewing Co.
One deserves an annual shout out from Local Spins (which helps sponsor the event, along with The Honeytones of which I’m a member); the other deserves to be quickly forgotten except by celebrity-holics and vacuous shows like TMZ and Entertainment Tonight.
The Feedback show at Founders drew a near-capacity crowd for upbeat sets by the aforementioned Grand Rapids bands, and most important, raised more than $2,000 for Access of West Michigan, which coordinates Kent County’s system of 75 food pantries for needy families, operates anti-poverty programs and works with congregations to deliver needed social services to the under-privileged.
It made for the perfect pre-Thanksgiving party. If you couldn’t attend, please consider making a donation to this nonprofit organization online here.
More than anything, perhaps, Feedback celebrated 20 years of camaraderie of West Michigan musicians who’ve donated their time gladly to draw attention to a dire community need. Numerous musicians, past and present (Brian Vander Ark, Ghost Heart, Nicholas James Thomasma, Vox Vidorra, Channing & Quinn, Bill Vits, David Winick, Mark Sellers and others) were in the audience to cheer on their fellow players, who also donated proceeds from CD sales to the cause. Commemorative poster sales also supported Access.
It’s the sort of positive, feel-good vibe that ensures there will be a 21st anniversary show.
FEEDBACK 2014: THE LOCAL SPINS PHOTO GALLERY
The FuzzRites photos by Eric Stoike
Domestic Problems, Honeytones photos by Anthony Norkus
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