Trailer Park Orchestra host, headline benefit show for Triad Health project
On Feb. 17, Trailer Park Orchestra will headline a fundraising concert to benefit Triad Health Project at the Somewhere Else Tavern, located at 5713 W. Friendly Ave. The band will also be celebrating frontman Louis Money’s 46th birthday.
Money said he has been playing in various bands at the benefit for the majority of the time it has been going on. However, it has not been an “every-year event.”
“Like last year, we got off from like a real big show, so we couldn’t do it,” Money said. “For most years, we have been doing a Triad Health Project benefit show at The Somewhere Else Tavern, for the better part of like, 15 years now. At least 10 out of the 15 years we have been doing it.”
Money said since he’s been apart of the benefit, there has been anywhere from $200-$1,000 raised for Triad Health Project each year it has been going on. Money said he hopes people who come will be willing to donate to this organization.
“I’ll be running around with buckets, we’ll have the raffle going,” Money said. “We’ll see what we can do.”
According to the Triad Health Project website, the organization “works to advance the well-being of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, many of whom are underserved and marginalized.” The organization is dedicated to fighting the spread of HIV through preventative health education. Money said all the funds that are raised at the end of the night (well, more specifically the day after the show) go directly to the organization.
“I literally wake up the next morning after my hangover subsides, and I drive over to Triad Health Project and hand them a wad of cash. Usually dirty $1 bills.”
Joining Trailer Park Orchestra on stage are three other bands. Sandra Flowers TPO’s manager and the benefit’s booking manager wrote me in a message on Facebook that the bands that were featured with TPO have been bands that Money has been connected with “over his many years in the music scene.”
At 7 p.m. Flowers wrote that Rockin Rob (Rob Vickery) will play his solo acoustic act. At 8 p.m., local heavy metal band Despair The Plague will perform. At 9 p.m., Flowers said “local aggressive, high energy” Southern rock band Angelic Steel will play. At 10 p.m., local “powerhouse rock” band Desired Redemption will take the stage and prepare the audience for the headliners at 11 p.m., “bad-ass hard Southern rock, punk band” Trailer Park Orchestra.
“This will give me time to do the show soberly,” Money said. “Then watch the midnight band and fun and enjoy my birthday.”
The night will close out with a performance by “sultry, blues-rock” band Devil’s Notebook. Flowers wrote that there will be a raffle for small prizes as well as a “big prize” at the end of the shows.
Money said that prize is a one free night “staycation” in the King Studio Suite, compliments from the managers of the Hampton Inn and Suites on Gate City Boulevard, and is a $150 value. Money said the company he works for, Tailgators will also be donating a $50 gift card to the raffle as well as Clemmons Florist that have also donated a gift card. Other donors include Absolute Body Jewelry at both Hanes and Four Seasons Mall. Money said giveaways will be in between each band’s set. The big prize will be announced at the end of the night, so it gives people initiate to stick around, Money said.
“It is real easy to get people to come out if it is your birthday show because it is your birthday show. But since we perform at 11, and nobody sticks around for the bands after, it is not fair.”
Money said he hopes people come out to support “local, original music.” “They can do this by coming to this show and going to any show,” Money said.
The benefit concert begins at 7 p.m., and there is a cover of $5 for the show. For more information on TPO, follow the band on social media (their Facebook is @TrailerParkOrchestra). For more information about Triad Health Project, visit www.triadhealthproject.com.
Katie Murawski is the editor of YES! Weekly. She is from Mooresville, North Carolina and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in film studies from Appalachian State University in 2017.