Who would have guessed that social responsibility and altruism could be so freakin’ cool? Those crazy folks over at Inland Empire HardCore, the ones who brought you Who Would Jesus Deport? and PeaceFest, are at it again.
This Saturday, IE HardCore, along with Don’t Care Records, presents Lily-Fest, a benefit for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization dedicated to granting wishes and fulfilling dreams for children with life-threatening illnesses. Not to be confused with the annual South Carolina Lily-Fest, which celebrates the flowering of the Rocky Shoals Spider Lily in the rapids of the Catawba River, this punk rock concert is set to feature veteran and popular SoCal bands like D.I., Broken Society, the Maxies, Bad Amerikans, Dirt Bag, Don’t Care, Age of Reason, Malice of Forethought, Social Sickness, Undercity Kings, Vena Cava, Wasted Society and more. It’s an all-day, awesome punk-rock-a-thon, but with a heart.
Even better, this event won’t be the last. Don’t Care Records founder Chris Adey wants to organize more all-ages, community-minded concerts. “Hardcore punk rock is about rebelling against a fucked up society,” says Adey. “Our society seems to be enforcing an ‘us-against-them’ way of life. Therefore, what better way to rebel against ‘society’ than to help a neighbor in need? Yeah, it sounds crazy, but then we’re supposed to be crazy, right? We’re punk rock.” I couldn’t say it better myself.
There shouldn’t be any question where you’ll be this weekend. You can represent for your punk rock way of life and make a difference in a child’s life, and it’ll only cost you seven bucks. (Anna Hirsh)
LILY-FEST AT LIAM’S IRISH PUB, 1087 S. MOUNT VERNON AVE., COLTON, (909) 422-9900; WWW.MYSPACE.COM/INLANDEMPIREHARDCORE OR WWW.LIAMSIRISHPUB.US. SAT., 3-10 P.M. $7. ALL AGES.