Shots for Shots Benefit Concert Rocks Kent
By: Mikala Lugen
Moneyshot Records hosted “Shots for Shots” Benefit Concert on Saturday, April 8 at Euro Gyro to raise money for UNICEF KSU.
Euro Gyro’s drink specials and the organization’s donations from the concert went to UNICEF’s immunization efforts and campaigning.
UNICEF KSU is a student organization dedicated to educate, advocate and fundraise for UNICEF USA. The organization helps combat HIV/AIDS, promote hunger and water relief, human trafficking and emergency relief.
“Vaccines are the easiest way to help people across the globe get adequate care and health,” Emily Brodke, UNICEF KSU president said. “It’s important for people to be aware of the impacts they can make. UNICEF vaccinates 45 percent of the world’s children.”
The night started off with Shag, a Kent-native psychedelic rock band, setting the stage at 8 p.m. Shag is comprised of Ryan Baker on drums, Dante Bassista on bass guitar and vocals, Zack Ulam the guitar wizard and Stephen Kuhn on guitar and vocals. It was a pleasure hearing their cover of The Beatles, “Why Don’t We Do it in the Road?” showing off their jazzy talents and adding in their own rock trance to the set.
Coup de Grace took the stage at 9 p.m. as the small bar venue really started to get packed full of people. This Akron, indie psychedelic-rock trio is made up of Nick Reese on guitar and vocals, Doug Gallo on bass and David “Tig” Tigelman on drums. They played songs off of their recent first album, “Walk in Light.” I knew right from the beginning entrance of the song that they played a great cover of Tame Impala’s “Elephant” and incorporated extended jams on all their songs. You may hear some of their most popular tunes played on Kent’s local rock radio station.
Kent native Justin Roberts painted live during Coup de Grace’s hour-long set. To view his painting, check out his Instagram here.
The bar took a different scene to stage as John Soros set stage at 10 p.m. Based out of Kent, John Soros turned the fundraiser from a groovy rock scene to an overall electronic-dance setting.
Atheros and Bass-Sic started their electronic music at 10:45 p.m. Based out of Kent, Atheros is a one-man music producer, Jordan Kolaric. Teaming up with Bass-Sic, an EDM and dubstep music producer from Kent, the two created a mini EDM concert for all the concert go-ers.
Cemoa took over 11:30 p.m. followed by Greenhaus at 12:15 a.m. Cemoa and Greenhaus both continued the dancing vibes with their electronic dance jams as the bar continued to flood with more and more people.
Exact money raised won’t be determined until for a couple more days. But from donations only, the event raised $260. Although this may not seem like a lot of money, most vaccines that UNICEF offers cost less than $1! A list of vaccines and their cost can be found here: https://www.unicef.org/supply/index_57476.html
Congratulations to UNICEF KSU for their great event!