Reason beyond the season

Restock Live Music Aid benefits local food banks

By Gary Spencer

Photo: Reefer Hut guitarist and Oddbody’s Music Room owner Neilson Hixson; photo: Nikki Forte

The holiday season has come and gone just like it always does. But even though the calendar says the season for giving is over, there are still many who continue to have trouble feeding their families. This coming Saturday a handful of local hard rock and metal bands, promoters, photographers and models will donate their time at the Restock Benefit show at Oddbody’s Music Room in an effort to raise money and food to be donated to Dayton area food banks.

The Restock Benefit is the brainchild of Jacob Collins, owner of the Guitars to Gunstocks shop in Springfield where he now sells and repairs musical instruments and supports local visual artists and musicians alike. For Collins, the Restock Benefit sentiment and cause is a logical extension of a humanly altruistic nature.

“We started Restock to fill the shelves of the food pantries,” Collins explained. “After the holidays, they are rather low on goods. We’ve all been down on our luck and there were times I depended on them to feed my family when work was scarce. So I thought getting together with local bands and doing a benefit would be a great idea.”

After conjuring up the concept of Restock, Collins took his idea to Neilson Hixson who is a partner/owner at Oddbody’s Music Room in Dayton. To Hixson, staging Restock at his rock and metal club was an easy decision.

“When they came to me about doing this show I was already familiar with their format for the pantry restock efforts,” Hixson explained. “The ties between live musical events and benefit endeavors have become very commonplace. We’ve seen it since we’ve owned this room and have done several benefits so far. Friends who know what they are doing, supporting a worthy cause, great bands and beer; we can get behind that.”

With a venue secured, it was then time to assemble a solid, kick-ass lineup that would bring supportive crowds. As it turned out, the process for this was just as easy as getting Oddbody’s to house the benefit. Six regional hard rock and metal bands offered to play and Collins was beyond thrilled at their enthusiasm for the Restock concept.

“Everyone that was invited said yes without hesitation,” Collins said. “You couldn’t ask for better people!”

Some of the bands performing at Restock this Saturday are no strangers to playing benefit concerts for worthy causes. Two of those bands are Killed by Art and Forces of Nature, both of whom have worked with Collins previously and were more than willing to help him again.

“We’ve been friends with Jacob for a couple of years now and had already organized a couple of really successful benefits previously, including collecting over 700 pounds of food for the Dayton Food Bank in 2013, so when he asked us to join the lineup, it was a no-brainer for us,” Killed by Art vocalist Kimberly Weiss said. “We thought helping out after the holidays when food banks are most depleted was a great idea.”

Forces of Nature guitarist Johnnie Wallace echoed a similar sentiment, noting how powerful local music can be when uniting people for a charitable cause.

“We have a strong music community here in Dayton and we wield the power to help those that need it,” Wallace said. “I do this in hopes that food is given to the people and families who struggle and need this support to get by. Helping anyone in need is always a good cause and the Dayton metal family will always be there to make the world a better place.”

Also on board for the Restock show is the Dayton debut of the GOREgeous Girls, a performance art outfit birthed from the magazine of the same name that features alternative models who mix beauty with extreme aesthetics including blood, weapons, masks, fetish and, well, gore. GOREgeous Girls photographer and mastermind Eric Littlefield is excited for the troupe’s first live performance in the Gem City as well as the great cause they are supporting.

“I have been wanting to do a Dayton event and Johnnie Wallace referred me to Oddbody’s,” Littlefield explained. “The Restock Benefit seemed like the perfect fit from the band lineup and the fact that it was for restocking local food pantries. There’s no better way to give back to the community and have a great time doing it.”

So, the moral of this story is that if you enjoy both headbanging and helping others who may not be able to help themselves, the Restock Benefit is the right place for you to be this Saturday.

“We hope to make it an annual show,” Collins said. “One hundred percent of the proceeds goes to the food bank. We fully believe that if we come together as a community to help our neighbors that we can build a much stronger community as a whole.”

The Restock Benefit 2015 takes place this Saturday, Jan. 17 at Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkhardt Road. The benefit features performances by The Reefer Hut, Killed by Art, Forces of Nature, Doctor Meat, Chronic Aggression, Weeping Lesion and the GOREgeous Girls. Ticket cost for this 18 and over show is $10 in advance and $15 day of show. Doors open at 6 p.m. Music begins at 7 p.m. For more information, please visit oddbodys.com.

Reach DCP freelance writer Gary Spencer at GarySpencer@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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Gary Spencer
Gary Spencer is a graduate of Miami University and works in the performing arts, and believes that music is the best. Contact him at GarySpencer@DaytonCityPaper.com

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