Bands join for IFC benefit concert at Cat’s Cradle

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

The address 300 E. Main St. in Carrboro is a familiar one to music fans from near and far. It’s the location of Cat’s Cradle, the renowned music venue. The ArtsCenter is there, too, serving as a hub for performances. And there’s Amante Gourmet Pizza for the hungry artists and concertgoers. Several bands that include members who have worked at all three businesses have come together for a benefit concert that will be performed, naturally, at Cat’s Cradle.

The concert to be held Aug. 10 benefits The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, which serves Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and has a shelter, community kitchen and food pantry. Admission for the show is a donation of $5, with proceeds going to IFC.
Bands that will perform include Rogue Band of Youth, Johnny Staxx and the Durty Boyz, The Fontanelles, Anthony Lener, Haw River Strings, Twilighter and Gross Ghost.
Amante Pizza will donate proceeds from pizza slices sold at the concert to IFC, and
employees of the businesses who have their art on sale will donate some proceeds to IFC. Donations of canned goods and new or gently used clothing, especially winter coats, will be accepted, said Carlos de Mattos, the concert organizer.
De Mattos is a manager at Amante Pizza and has worked there for 21 years. He’s not in a band, but works with guys who are, and has heard them perform.
“I thought, we’ve got enough talent here – we can put on our own show,” de Mattos said. “We’re trying to highlight our town,” he said, and offer something other that what’s played on popular radio. The bands in the benefit, called Concert for Tomorrow, include rock bands, strings, and refreshing new wave, de Mattos said.
He gets over to see shows at the neighboring venues sometimes, he said. He has seen English Beat, Ralph Stanley and Kenny Wayne Shepherd at Cat’s Cradle, and Los Lonely Boys at the ArtsCenter. De Mattos prefers blues himself.
He said that the IFC is the most recognizable charity in town.
“People who are homeless or down on their luck come around, and you want to direct them to a good source,” de Mattos said. “They do really good work in the community, and we want to help them out,” he said.
Cameron Price is the drummer in Johnny Staxx and the Durty Boyz, a rock band.
“It was Carlos’ idea,” Price said. They talked for a few years about doing a battle of the bands at 300 East Main, and decided instead it should be a benefit concert with everyone, he said. Price works part-time at Amante Pizza. Johnny Staxx came together about three years ago, which is also how long Price has worked at Amante. He also plays percussion in a comedy orchestra, Really Terrible Orchestra of the Triangle. He met Ian Leinbaugh, who was in the Fooligans, and they formed a band as a joke, playing covers of classic rock. But it morphed into a real band, and they have originals and have played at Cat’s Cradle, Local 506 and elsewhere.
Price started playing drums in junior high, then after school abandoned the drums for about 15 years. He got back into it slowly.
“I just wanted to do it again,” he explained. In Johnny Staxx and the Durty Boyz, he enjoys making music again.
Price said calling the IFC benefit Concert for Tomorrow means they could do it again next year, benefiting another local charity. Choosing IFC this year, he said, was about picking a charity they all respected that does good work.


WHAT: Concert for Tomorrow

WHEN: 6 p.m. Aug. 10
WHERE: Cat’s Cradle
300 E. Main St., Carrboro
TICKETS: Donations of $5


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