March 2006 Views
Engineers Without Borders benefit concert successful
By Wade Wainio
HANCOCK -- Engineers Without Borders (EWB), a group of Michigan Tech University
students dedicated to construction and environmental projects in the developing world, staged a benefit concert on Saturday, Feb.
25, at the Uphill 41 bar in Hancock. The show was a success as the bar became crowded.
It was a decent opportunity to meet people, enjoy local music and learn more about Engineers Without Borders,
a group that recently built much needed bathroom facilities and a sewage
treatment system for a school in Bolivia.
According to Brandon Braithwaite,
EWB event organizer, proceeds from this concert (over $1,200) will be used to fund
local and international projects that students and faculty are already eagerly working on.
In addition to the bands donating their time and talents, many local businesses donated raffle
items; and not too many people came home empty handed, Braithwaite added.
"EWB-MTU would like
to thank these businesses, especially The Uphill 41 and Jim's Pizza, for
all their hard work and dedication to Engineers Without Borders,"
Braithwaite noted. "The 2nd
Annual Fall Benefit is already in the works as students are planning an
upcoming assessment trip to Guatemala in April. Overall this is a great opportunity for us to raise funds and awareness of EWB
and what we do."*
The bands at the benefit concert were Annie Feed Water, Joe Ridgeway, Townes Heir (winners of
the Winter Carnival Big Band Bash), Jovian Death Ray and the
"reggae-fusion" band Variance. This is the second benefit concert I attended where Jovian Death Ray
(or JDR) and Variance shared the bill.
The day after the concert I interviewed JDR bass player Josh Hendrickson over the phone.
He said his band consists of himself, vocalist/guitarist Chris Quave, vocalist Marie Norton, drummer Corey MacDonald and
vocalist/keyboardist/guitarist Melissa Davis. Hendrickson and Quave created the concept of the band
two years ago, and the band has grown since.
When asked why the crowd was so responsive to the music, Hendrickson answered,
"Well, our music is melody-based rock. It has hooks and a danceable rhythm.
I think we've created a new sound."
And sure enough, it had people dancing.
Any aspirations for the band? Most definitely. The band intends to work on new material and a new album on the 18th of
March and future albums
after that. And even more, they plan on a Canadian tour.
Hendrickson is also working with
Krainatz on a recording studio called Copper Vein Records. What started as a compilation
project seems to be growing as well. According to Hendrickson, the
multi-track recording studio will be open to the public at a rate of
$25 for two days of practice or serious recording. It will also be
open to people with disabilities.
For more on this project and Jovian Death Ray visit their
At the time of this interview, Matt Manninen of Annie Feed Water
requested we make this announcement: The
Experimental Rock group Annie Feed Water is seeking a new vocalist. The band
includes Manninen (currently on lead vocals) and guitar, Tony Dutcher on vocals and bass and Jacob Posega on guitars. The drums are provided by a machine.
Read more about Annie Feed Water on their
|Editor's Notes: * For more information on
Engineers Without Borders, visit the EWB
Web site. Watch for a story soon on their recent project in Bolivia
and on their plans for future projects.
Guest columnist Wade Wainio of
Atlantic Mine, a graduate of Finlandia University, is a musician and
writer, as well as a photographer. See his recent photos of Heikinpäivä
activities and Winter Carnival
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