Local artists from all over the state are facing the dilemma of working around Covid-19 and the current social distancing guidelines. However, some artists are finding alternative methods through social media to help push through. On August 31st, five local bands from across the state gathered on Facebook to participate in a battle of the bands called, “Songs for Hope”. This benefit was hosted by the Kansas chapter of the American Cancer Society with the goal of raising fund through online performances to help benefit victims of cancer.
The entertainment featured a variety of different local artists across the state, including Dangerously Biased, Davy Vans, Kujo, The Atomic ‘50s, Falling Walrus, and Ellyria. Each one bringing their own unique sound. The performances were pre-recorded, then uploaded to the American Cancer Society Facebook page the final weekend of August with donations remaining open for several days following each post. When the final numbers were tallied up, local Hays natives Dangerously Biased ended up taking home the win.
How did this event come about? Turns out Dangerously Biased Bass player and Singer, Matt Isley, played a big part in helping bring things together. According to Matt, who has worked with numerous Relay for Live events and networked with members of the American Cancer Society, “When the COVID pandemic struck, in-person fundraisers were unable to take place, so there has been a huge hit in funding for organizations like the ACS. My friends in the Ellis County Relay for Life contacted me about helping organize a virtual event, and I was excited to get some artists together!”
Their efforts were met with much support as the bands were able to raise over $1,300 which will go towards helping cancer victims.
So, how did the performers feel knowing their music was able to make such a positive impact on someone’s life? Fellow member of Dangerously Biased, Sophie Thompson (drums/vocals) said, “It’s really awesome! I’ve never really had the opportunity to do something like this, so it felt really rewarding to help someone in need while doing something I love.”
For James Herrera of the bands Falling Walrus and Ellyria,“It’s an incredible feeling that I think unfortunately gets taken for granted from time to time, but events like this really bring you back down to earth! It warms the heart to hear that it makes such a positive impact!”
“I was excited to see how people responded to the event, and it’s nice to see such support for the cause. It feels good to make a difference. The Family/Friends/Fans who made the generous donations made the real difference.” – Matt Isley
Each bands performance can be found by visiting the Kansas American Cancer Society Facebook page, here: https://www.facebook.com/ACSKansas
Follow the artists pages below to stay updated with new content and upcoming events:
Dangerously Biased (Hays)- https://www.facebook.com/dangerouslybiased
Davy Vans (Hays)- https://www.facebook.com/thedaveyvans
Falling Walrus (Salina)- https://www.facebook.com/FallinWalrus
Ellyria (Salina)- https://www.facebook.com/Ellyriaks
Kujo (Manhattan)- https://www.facebook.com/kujoplease
The Atomic ‘50s (Kansas City)- https://www.facebook.com/theAtomic50s