tsunami relief benefit
Ann Hood, organizer of the tsunami relief benefit at Birdy's Feb. 2, couldn't even get in the door of the show she promoted - not yet being 21. Yet she faithfully kept her post right outside the front, supporting the bands and helping organize in the bitter cold.
Members of Burn the Red Sky perform during the tsunami relief benefit Feb. 2 at Birdy's.
"I figured I had a responsibility to at least stay and listen, since I put the whole thing together," she said.
About 100 people filled up Birdy's for the show, which definitely fell on the heavy-hard-rock side of things. One after another, the five bands blasted with ever-increasing volume: the female-fronted hard rock of HeavenANDHell, melodic hardcore of Resurface, the earsplitting, blow-out-the-windows heavy hardcore of Burn the Red Sky (formerly members of Bind), the good ol' country boy hardcore of Willis, and last but not least, self-described indie screamo band A Lovely Revenge, who wrapped up the show to a near-empty house, but took that as permission to turn the dials up to 11 and blast away.
All the bands performed for free, and Birdy's donated the space, so every cent of the door is going to the Salvation Army.
Hood said she didn't need to invite anyone to join the benefit; once she put the word out, more than 70 bands expressed an interest, and she listened to hundreds of MP3s to sort out the set list. "I was really gratified by the response, and how many people were willing to play or just come out for charity. It totally surpassed my expectations."