On August 15th, Fubar hosted a live concert for CAJA, the Court Appointed Juvenile Advocates, of Madison County, which, according to Charity Vault, is "an all-volunteer, community-based solution to the growing problem of abuse, neglect and abandonment." The bands that played for this worthy cause were The Whiskey Dix, Rearview Ghost, and Within Reason.
The show was opened by The Whiskey Dix, who describe themselves on their Facebook page as "a two man acoustic show based in Birmingham, Alabama. Our show is a unique blend of great music and improv comedy." The atmosphere surrounding this duo was very laid-back and casual, but their less-than-serious demeanor did nothing to disguise their talent. Their covers of tracks such as "No Diggity" by Blackstreet and the "Saturday Night Live" original "Dick in a Box" were more than simply fun; they displayed the strength of both men's voices, as well as their intricate guitar work. This talent and creativity was further showcased by their humorous originals. The guys cracked jokes and encouraged audience involvement, and their performance was a great time for all.
Next up on the bill were hometown rockers Rearview Ghost. They once again proved that RVG is what rock and roll is all about. They are gritty and dirty and have an edge. The fact that they are fronted by a female does not lead to the softness that many would expect: this band has balls. The night of the charity show, Rearview Ghost put on a high-energy performance that included the premier of a few new songs, including "The Revolution Song" and "Dirty South." Vocalist Josia was captivating, as always, and the band--bassist Flip Cooper, guitarist Craig Shadix, and guest drummer Tim--gave their everything. Rearview Ghost was the perfect act for pumping up the audience in preparation for the men that would close out the evening, Within Reason.
The Birmingham natives took the stage amid excited cheers and screams from the audience. Within Reason always receives an enthusiastic response in Huntsville, mostly because they always bring it, and this show was no exception. The band opened the show with their track "Control." They added a few sing-along songs to their set list, the most interesting a rap medley that started with a portion of Nelly's "Ride With Me." Within Reason quickly had the audience bouncing around and shouting what lyrics they knew at the top of their lungs. From the first song to the conclusion of their set ("Bring 'Em Out"), they held the audience in thrall.
It was an evening of fun that also helped a wonderful cause. It doesn't get much better than that!