In the wake of recent Raleigh tornado benefits at Kings and Tir na nOg, and another next week at The Pour House, the city will officially throw its own musical assist next month. The event—dubbed Rise Up Raleigh headlined by The Connells, The Love Language and Marcy Playground, or that band who sang “Sex and Candy”—will take place June 3 at the Raleigh Amphitheater, the outdoor venue the April tornado missed by less than a mile. Also aboard are talented locals like Motor Skills, Kooley High and The Small Ponds.
A few questions come to mind, though: Why is the event free? The city could easily have charged a cover. True, the multi-sponsor show gives attendees the opportunity to donate, and funds will be administered by United Way to four local charities. But by making the event free, this benefit concert loses revenue that—frankly—people would be happy to pay not only because the clout of The Love Language and the legacy of The Connells but also because, well, it’s a benefit. People will generally pay to help their friends, even if it’s just a few bucks and even if it’s just to giggle at Marcy Playground. Speaking of which, if this is a game of “one of these things is not like the other,” I think we’ve spotted the odd band out. Hopefully this means Candlebox’s Kevin Martin will be busking through the city the night of the benefit for charity.
The June 3 event starts at 5 p.m. For more details, check the city’s very, well, special website here.