If you believe in a supporting a great cause (for an even better reason) all while listening to some of Athens, Ohio’s best rock and roll then Aquabear has a suggestion for your Saturday night. On Saturday, December 7th, The Union hosts a Friends of the Shelter Dogs benefit show with Weird Science, The D-Rays, County Pharaohs, DUNE, Dead Hand of Man, and Supernobody! The evening (and its charitable cause) are to honor the memory of Kimberly Fleming, a friend of many of the fine folks involved, Athens resident, and animal lover. Music starts at 9pm sharp (doors at 8:30) and $5 gets you 6 of Athens finest bands, with proceeds going to Friends of the Shelter Dogs in Athens County.
Missy Pence Coleman (bassist in Athens’ own surf rockers The D-Rays) put the show together as a tribute to her late friend Kimberly Fleming. Fleming called Athens home for years and passed away last August, and as Missy put it, “just seemed we needed to do something for her here and there was a lot of interest right off the bat. She was an animal lover, and we wanted to do something good in her memory.” Coleman told Aquabear that the lineup came together pretty quickly, “I sent out a message to her old friends in bands here, which got the original bill going– us, County Pharaohs, Dune and Weird Science. Then a few more bands, Supernobody and Dead Hand of Man volunteered to play too, so it just took off.”
9:50 Dead Hand of Man
11:30 County Pharaohs
12:20 The D-Rays
1:00 Weird Science
Help support a great organization, Friends of the Shelter Dogs, by seeing some great live music!Â Six bands for $5!Â Doors open at 8:30 and the show starts promptly at 9:00.
Friends of the Shelter Dogs is a group of Athens County, OH citizens dedicated to the welfare and rescue of dogs from the Athens County Dog Shelter.This show is also a local opportunity to remember our dear friend Kimberly Fleming.Â All of the proceeds of the show will go to FOSD in her name.
Way back on November 5, 2011 Aquabear Legion teamed up with Disjointed Studios to hatch the crazy plan of recording 16 different bands over the course of 16 straight hours with the intent of releasing these recordings as a free online Aquabear compilation. We are excited to finally share Aquabear Legion’s 16 in 16 with all of you for download or streaming. Special thanks to Disjointed (Mike, Jess, and Miles), Dale at Long Run Audio for the mastering, Max Wheeler/Gnarly As I Wanna Be for the artwork, and all of the bands who participated. 16 in 16 is Aquabear’s 9th release since 2004 and features bands from all across Ohio including:Â Bram Riddlebarger and His Lonesome Band,Â Saturn Missile Batteries,Â The Revulvas,Â Cophugger,Â Dune,Â Hookers Made out of Cocaine,Â Moon High,Â Skumplast,Â Octopus and Owl,Â State Park,Â Alex Henry/Nate Scheible Duo,Â Dead Winds of Summer,Â Weedghost,Â The Goodbye Goats,Â Casiotone Orchestra, andÂ Remainder. Download it here, and feel free to make a donation to help support the Aquabear Legion.
The Union Bar and Grill is putting together a great slate of Fall shows with many more to come I am sure. Head on over to their Facebook pageÂ for all the details and updates but make sure to mark your calendars for some great shows.
Some of Ohio’s finest will grace The Union’s upstairs stage: legendary Cleveland act Rocket from the Tombs (10/13), Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery’s R.Ring (9/1), and Athens’ own Skeletonwitch (9/14)all have dates lined up. And Athens even gets a visit from Mike Watt himself on October 22. And even appearances from some more great Ohio bands like Eye, Wheels On Fire, The Kyle Sowashes, Hex Net, The D-Rays, Weird Science, and many more round out the next few months. More shows to be added I’m sure and advance tickets for some shows are available atÂ Haffa’s Records.
8/18 – Burning River Ramblers | Bright at Night
8/19 – John Paul Keith & The 1-4-5s | Hex Net | Weird Science (FREE) 8/24 – Melk | Warren Jackson Hearne (FREE)
8/30 – ACRN presents: The Kyle Sowashes | Vagrant Beat
9/1 – Â R.Ring | Hex Net | M.O.P.
9/4 – Deke Dickerson & The Ecco-Fonics | The D-Rays | The Heartlanders
9/14 – Skeletonwitch | Havok | Early Graves | Dune
9/9 – Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
9/19 – Jaill | Fergus & Geronimo | Wheels On Fire
9/21 – White Mystery | Gardens
9/22 – Eye | Hosoi Bros. | Horseburner | Goodbye Goats
9/26 – Pink Reason | Weird Science
10/5-10/7 – FALLOUTFEST: Bob Log III | Cheap Time | Outer Minds | Chain & The Gang and more
10/13 – Rocket from the Tombs
10/22 – Mike Watt & Missingmen | The Makebelives
We are always trying to think of new ideas around here, so it made sense to record as many bands as possible in a short amount of time and put it out as a compilation right? Right? Well, we somehow convinced Mike Makosky of Disjointed Records that it was a good idea and he offered up his awesome studio space in the hills of Athens County. This Saturday, November 5th we will gather out in the country for a marathon of awesome Ohio music, record it and document it, and then put it out next year for you to hear. I have a feeling it will be more then 16 bands by the time we are done too. Look for pictures, video, and more and the more info on the release as we get into 2012.
16 BANDS in 16 HOURS (in order of time, beginning at 11am)
Bram Riddlebarger, Saturn Missile Batteries, The Revulvas, Cop Hugger, Dune, Hookers Made Out of Cocaine, Moon High, Skumplast, Octopus and Owl, State Park, Nate Scheible/Alex, Dead Winds of Summer, Weedghost, Goodbye Goats, Casiotone Orchestra, Saclunch, Remainder
Aquabear Legion is hosting another FREE show at Casa Cantina this Friday, August 26th at 10:30pm!The D-Rays will headline the evening with their surfy punk rock tunes, Dune is a new Athens stoner rock band featuring members of We March (and many other Athens bands), Homemade Drugs (ex-Sandcrawler) hail from Cincinnati and are in town to record their new EP with Chris Lute, and Bram Riddlebarger & His Lonesome Self will open up the night with a solo set from the one man band.