This week, we’re presenting Benevolence Festival, a benefit day of music for RAICES this Saturday, August 18th at Boulder’s Twisted Pine Brewing from 2PM-10PM. It’s just $6 at the door for six bands and we’ve published our interviews with Augustus, Whiskey Autumn, and The Beeves, so make sure to check those out if you haven’t! Today we’ve got Ben Hanna Band, ChinaRose, and Native Station in the hot seat:
What made you want to become involved in our Benevolence Festival for RAICES?
Ben Hanna Band: If doing what I love can in some small way contribute to helping other people be with their families and find the resources they need, I will be in every time.
ChinaRose: We think it is very important to stand up for human and individual rights and the issue of migrant families being separated is something we cannot condone. We were very excited to be able to participate in Benevolence Fest when we heard it would also be benefiting that cause.
Native Station: We all felt strongly that no matter your political beliefs we need to treat people properly, with love. The way we would hope to be treated.
Do you have any other comments on the current political environment?
Ben Hanna Band: Be good to yourselves- you probably deserve it.
ChinaRose: Love is stronger than hate.
Native Station: The devolution of our political climate will stop if we, the general populace, decide upon common goals and take sustained political action to achieve them. But if we continue to base our votes and support on some misguided sense of team or party, rather than ideals, we will continue the descent.
What have your respective bands been up to in 2018?
Ben Hanna Band: Music-wise we are currently working on playing as many shows as possible. Just trying to have fun and stay fresh. No studio projects right now, but lots of new songs and ambition.
ChinaRose: We are currently recording our third album in our basement studio on the Southside of Chicago. We’re touring from August 16th-30th through Colorado, Utah, and California to promote the album and it will be released shortly before we hit the road.
Native Station: We’re finishing writing a debut album while looking for the right “habitat” to record it in.
What can fans expect at your Benevolence set this weekend?
Ben Hanna Band: We don't even know what to expect. The current line up couldn't make it due to schedule conflicts so it is all new players. There will be trombone and banjo. Some bad jokes might happen as well.
ChinaRose: We will be playing a bunch of new songs off the album!
Native Station: Oh yeah! A lot of energy and some songs from this album we have been working on. We try to keep something fresh in the back pocket and this will be no different.
What’s up for fall friends?
ChinaRose: Hopefully we will be touring around the Midwest this fall!
Native Station: We are looking forward to going on a short tour (headed south!). Also, we will be recording some new tracks which will make their way into the ether.
We can’t wait to hear everyone’s tunes this Saturday. $6; six bands. All for RAICES. See you there Boulder!
All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.