Saturday was the Good Karma Circus, a charity event held at the Where House and sponsored by the Nourish Collective, a nonprofit organization “working to empower and educate women in developing nations.”
The event invite promised live music, hippies playing with fire and art. Who could pass that up?
When I got to the Where House, Informant was already on stage, and the crowd was digging it. These guys are a ska/punk band out of Denton. Seriously? I didn’t know there were any ska bands left. The band members are Eric Bellar (guitar, vocals), Chris Casey (trombone, vocals), Michael Emerson (bass) and Tim Harman (drums).
These guys laid down a serious groove, with a solid rhythm section and the kind of rough-around-the-edges vocals that cut through the rocking brass. I’ve missed seeing shows like this a lot, and Informant came to play.
As the band finished up its set, I wandered around back to watch the fire spinners. There really was a circuslike atmosphere, with fire, musicians and belly dancers. There was a charity art auction in one of the many rooms at the Where House, while the fire and magic took place in the big courtyard out back. There was an impressive group of drummers, while pyromaniacs took turns lighting fire to sticks and balls on the ends of chains, then dancing with them.
Back out front on the main stage, we had the Blondettes, consisting of Heather Kitzman (vocals), Ashley Stafford (vocals), Elizabeth Riley (vocals), Sally Durrum (guitar) and Tony Whitlock (guitar).
This band does a combo of vintage Motown, rockabilly and old time country, with enchanting vocals and enough rhythm to keep people on the dance floor throughout the set. Among the covers we got the Beatles’ Oh! Darling; the Chiffons’ He's So Fine and Buck Owens’ Tiger by the Tail. At one point, a belly dancer joined the band onstage.
The event was held to benefit The Nourish Collective, a group that teaches women in impoverished areas about sanitation, soap making (one of the members has the world record for the largest bar of soap at eight and a half tons) and empowerment. (That world record bar of soap was hacked up and distributed to 60 different charities.)
There was a lot to see and do (as is typical with Where House events), but the Informant set was the highpoint. But it’s good to see the Where House is still the community hub it started out as. Great people, great music and a good cause — what’s not to love?
The Where House, Fort Worth
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