TWDS: Concert #1 Recap
On September 3rd, Hope For The Day hosted the first concert in the "Things We Don't Say" concert series at Evolution Music in Downers Grove, IL!
Many of you know of Things We Don't Say as our blog series that focuses on reducing stigma through mental health education - now, it is also going to begin incorporating a concert series in the west suburbs of Chicago! This concert featured a lineup consisting of Everyone Says, Three Years, Rare Candy, Stratford, and Little Crown and was made possible thanks to a grant from the Community Memorial Foundation.
Hope For The Day volunteers often partner with local bands to give speeches and to pass out resources at concerts, so it was great to have a concert that allowed us to partner with the community that exists in the local music scene. The concert was free to attend and the support that everyone showed for the concert was incredible!
Phoenix Chayse Butler, also known as Little Crown, opened the show with a set featuring her ukulele and heartfelt singing. She will be making her debut release soon!
Stratford, a post-hardcore band, followed her set with an energetic performance that quickly woke the crowd up. The band's front-man, Bobby Dunlap, explained that their song "To Quote The Raven" has a personal meaning related to his own experiences with mental health, stating that it "...is a song about discovering that I’ve struggled with mental illness and intense grief that was caused by a harsh break up. The stress, pain, and feelings of betrayal led me to discover a new part of myself. It’s about the yearning for ignorance in regards to the failed relationship and my mental well-being. At the time that I wrote the lyrics, I had it in my head that if I could forget my mental illness, if I could forget about the cheating and just sleep this all off, that I would finally be okay. (To Quote The Raven) is about losing your safety net and having that feeling of home pulled away from you and realizing your self-perception without it."
Rare Candy played an acoustic set next, pleasing the crowd and starting sing-a-longs with his catchy lyrics and guitar riffs. He even played a new song; keep your eyes out for new music from him soon!
Three Years did not take long to get the crowd moving with their aggressive sound, combining influences from hardcore and melodic genres. Little Crown even jumped on stage and performed guest vocals during their song "If Not Now, When?", giving their performance a cool dynamic. After their set, their guitarist Brian Higgins explained to us that "...more then a few people close to me are affected by issues that HFTD focuses on. The fact that organizations like this actually exist means a lot to me. It's huge to let people know they don't have to feel so alone."
Downers Grove's very own Everyone Says closed out the night. Their set consisted of upbeat pop punk and a few slow songs featuring heartfelt vocals from front-man Peter Szpytek. The band mentioned recording new music, so make sure you look out for that!
Thank you to everyone who attended, played, and supported this show. We'll see you next time! Until then, have hope and know that It's OK to Not Be OK.