Conscious party: Rock for Rescues

PREVENTIVE CARE: Low-cost vaccines were provided at a recent wellness fair hosted by the Asheville Humane Society. Photo courtesy of AHS

WHAT: A benefit concert for the Asheville Humane Society, featuring Poet Radio, The Mudbottoms, Masonjar Menagerie and Brother Oliver

WHERE: The Grey Eagle

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m.

WHY: “I’ve gotten two of my cats from the Asheville Humane Society,” says Madison Maxwell, frontwoman for local band Poet Radio. “I was always really impressed with the cleanliness of their facilities, the attentiveness of their staff and just the overall professionalism with which they handle themselves. The cats that I’ve gotten from them have been so amazing and well-adjusted. It’s obvious they’ve been treated very well.”

Those experiences bumped AHS to the top of the list when Poet Radio decided to organize a benefit concert for an area nonprofit, and the musicians intend to expand this year’s inaugural AHS fundraiser into an annual occurrence.

Entertainment for the night includes three supporting acts: Southern-leaning rockers The Mudbottoms; Masonjar Menagerie, which Maxwell describes as having a “really gritty, stripped-down blues rock sound” and guitar-mandolin duo Brother Oliver.

For headliners Poet Radio, this will be the last performance until next spring — after the band has recorded a new EP of piano-based gothic rock songs.

The admission charge, a suggested $10 donation, “goes a long way at AHS,” according to the nonprofit’s events coordinator Carla Musgrove. “By attending this concert, you can provide pain medication to two animals who have undergone surgery, all general vaccinations for an animal at our facility, or feed 54 dogs or 100 cats for a day.”

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About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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One thought on “Conscious party: Rock for Rescues

  1. boatrocker

    Not a cat fan, but they need the TLC too.
    And if $ goes toward education (in short supply post-election), count me in.
    Trust me AHS students, you’re our only hope.

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