In honor of Benevolence Festival which we’re presenting to benefit RAICES this Saturday, August 18th at Boulder’s Twisted Pine Brewing from 2PM-10PM, we recently chatted with Denver bands Whiskey Autumn and The Beeves. They’ll be playing Saturday’s fest along with headliner Augustus and bands Native Station, Ben Hanna Band, and ChinaRose. We sat down with Whiskey Autumn frontman Greg Laut and The Beeves’ Matthew Sease to learn about why they felt called to play this benefit and what their bands are up to this year:
Why was playing a benefit for RAICES important to you?
Laut: Separating families is unquestionably inhumane and raising awareness about the ongoing crisis is imperative. Hundreds of children still remain separated from their parents and the Trump administration's efforts to reunite the families has been weak and insincere. RAICES is an amazing organization that provides crucial legal support to underserved migrants and is putting quantifiable plans in place to reunite families. Anything we can do to raise money and awareness for the cause feels right.
Sease: We're happy we have a platform to make some kind of difference in this epidemic of evil. Despite the small scale of the event, we hope the money raised will benefit the cause in some tangible way. This is important to us on the most basic human level, as [it] should be to all people.
What has your band been working on this year?
Laut: We've been recording a new album throughout 2018. The first single was released earlier this summer and our next track premieres with CPR’s OpenAir next Tuesday, August 21st on “Mile High Noon” with Alisha Sweeney. Keep your eyes peeled!
What can we expect from your set this weekend at Benevolence Fest?
Laut: You can expect a high energy set of rock'n'roll, synth pop, and good time vibes that get you up on the dance floor. We may even play our new song!
What’s on your agenda for the rest of 2018?
Laut: We'll be touring the Pacific Northwest in late August and early September. It will be our first time performing in that part of the country, so we're very excited to meet some fresh faces along the way. After that we'll be finishing our new record, which you can expect to hear soon!
Sease: As of now, our focus is on the album. Tours are imminent, and an album release show is in the works. Follow our social media accounts and stay tuned!
Anything else you’d like to catch us up on guys?
Laut: Big ups to Augustus for organizing this festival. They have been close friends of ours for some time now and have put together a great lineup. We're excited and honored to be on the bill!
Sease: We would like to thank Augustus for having us on this important event, and you all at BolderBeat for covering it.
Looking forward to it! Benevolence Fest is just $6 for six bands this Saturday. Come through!
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