A self-described "doer," the music producer posted a
"People are amazing. Forty acts responded. Then my DJ friends got jealous and said, 'Hey, we want to help out, too,' " Kemp said. "We are almost at
The two-stage music festival will kick off at
"All that is needed to enter the event is a donation to the
Initially Kemp wanted to charge admission. Tutwiler-McGuire convinced the organizer to settle for donations.
"I realized there may be tornado victims who would want to come and could not afford, say,
Featured performers include country artist
"Chris is always trying to do something positive for communities and we are the same way," Rearview Ghost bassist
Like many in north
"After the tornado, we went out and helped with the cleanup. We saw how lucky we were because we didn't lose our home and no one we knew died," lead singer
"We jumped at the opportunity to do this," Woolsey said. "We're really excited to be part of such a cool event that is going to do so much for the relief effort."
Along with music, River City Lights will provide visual entertainment with projection mapping from
"With its columns, the
For an example of project mapping, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0XKmU5hF5s.
Before the projection mapping, Kemp will announce the winners of the raffle prizes, including an acoustic guitar. Each ticket costs
Every dollar collected through donations and raffle tickets will go to assisting tornado victims.
"I would love to raise
Get to know headliners Rearview Ghost and
When a DJ interested in forming a house band introduced
While the house band never performed for audiences, the practices established a connection between bassist Cooper and singer Fiore.
"During practice we were doing popular covers, but doing our own versions, so they were kind of becoming original songs. We wanted to take it a step further and write our own songs," Cooper said. "Josia can sing anything she wants to. As a songwriter, it is really inspiring because you know you don't have any limits."
In the past eight years, the band has released two albums and built a regional fan base.
North Alabamians voted the group Best Local Rock Band, Best Local Female Singer and Best Overall Band in the Best of the Valley 2013 poll created by Valley Planet.
"I hope when people see us play live that they see our passion and our honesty. I hope that is what they respond to," Cooper said.
Released in May, Rearview Ghost's sophomore album, "Revolution of an Open Mind" is available on iTunes and CD Baby.
"Success for me would be making a living by playing music. We haven't purchased houses, a lot of us haven't gotten married or had kids because that is another dedication. Music is our life," Fiore said. "On another level, success would be helping to create a stronger indie scene in north
Plugged-In with Fiore and Cooper
How did the single "Devil's Backbone" come to be?
Fiore: One of our friends suggested us for
How did Wagener end up producing "Revolution of an Open Mind?"
Cooper: What was really cool is that we became friends. There was this chemistry.
What was the name of your first band?
Fiore: My first band was in college. It was a small cover band with a French drummer, a Chinese bass drummer from
Cooper: Mine was about as goofy as it gets. We were called Contagious. We were middle school friends. It was a goofy name, but we were doing our own thing with it.
What do you love most about music?
Fiore: When we're connecting to the people. I think one of the things people love about music in general is to be about to go back to a memory and a feeling. For me, it's really therapeutic. I could have gone into any type of music, but I really wanted to connect with people, and to do that you have to be yourself.
For more information on Rearview Ghost, visit www.rearviewghost.com.
On Saturday night,
"Oh, we've visited
For those unfamiliar with
Along with Woolsey, the band consists of drummer
"We got together four years ago. We were all in different bands, and when they broke up, we got together and decided to try the three-guitar Southern rock kind of sound," Woolsey said. "We added the drummer in August."
The band recently signed with a management agency and will release its second EP later this summer. The album will be available on iTunes and www.stonesenate.com.
Plugged-In with Woolsey
How did you come up with the name?
The original name was The Shakes, but several others out there were using it. We wanted something no one else was using. We were kind of stuck between The
What about your songs connects with people?
The songs are real and about our past experiences. They have that Southern storytelling sort of vibe. Really, they are all written from the heart.
Do you have a favorite song or lyric?
"Hard to Say When." Believe it or not, it's about a woman and a breakup.
How would you define success?
I think we are a success now because we are able to perform, have fun doing it and make a little money. Now, it would be really nice if we could quit our day jobs of laying carpet and construction and do music full time. Maybe that will be our next step.
If you go
What: River City Lights, a fundraiser for the
Cost: Donation of any amount
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