Halloween RVAP Benefit
RADinc. — Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.
Area bands mix and match in a Halloween hodge-podge.
This Halloween, no matter what your costume, you can be a superhero by partying at RADinc. in support of the Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP). A $5 donation gets you access to the event, which kicks off fairly early in the evening at 8 p.m., as well as a drink (attendees are also welcome to bring their own drinks).
Organizers Anthony Worden and Jordan Adams put on a similar benefit last year at the now-defunct DIY venue the Dollhouse. Both the holiday — which Worden says is their favorite — and the cause mean a lot to the two. Worden said in an email that sexual abuse and assault advocacy have “always been a really important and necessary part of our local music community.” He credited the #metoo campaign for highlighting the pervasiveness of assault and abuse across a wide variety of communities, including our own.
“Shows like these give us an opportunity to make a small difference in our community,” Worden said, pointing out that for working musicians in Iowa, the ability to make direct financial donations is often limited. He said that he hopes the show will become a tradition that endures even after he is no longer involved.
Iowa City metal act Dryad will perform as San Francisco punk band Flipper. The other musicians involved will be creating what Worden calls “Frankensteins” — cover bands made of a mix of local, costumed talent. The music of alt-noise pioneers the Pixies and iconic proto-punk rockers the Stooges will be performed by a number of musicians, including Peanut Ricky, True Commando, Good Morning Midnight, Nomadic Youth, Worden and Obsidian Sword.
“All of the bands being covered are totally one-offs. This is the one and only time that you will have the chance to see these bands perform,” said Worden. “I really love that different local musicians can come together creatively to support a just cause and to throw down in a massive party.”
That massive party involves more that just the cover acts. DJ Carnap will be performing between sets, and winners of the evening’s costume contest will be rewarded with prizes donated by local businesses, including a gift card to White Rabbit, a gift card to Mosleys, a gift bag from Haba Salon (totaling over $200 in value) and two bags of coffee from Wake Up Iowa.
RVAP has faced cuts lately at both the state and federal levels.