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A couple months ago, Athens resident Tim Pfaff left his house to find that a large boulder had fallen upon his residence. As odd as this occurrence may seem, this rockslide caused no small dent. The boulder destroyed a portion of Pfaff’s home and demolished his car. Luckily, no one was hurt, but for the Pfaff family this incident is not a small burden.
Athens' own Donkey Coffee is hosting a benefit this Saturday to fundraise for the aid of Mr. Pfaff and his family. The coffee shop will be presenting a few local bands to provide entertainment for the evening.
Singer/songwriter Colleen Carow will be performing a set of soulful jazz songs. Considering she also plays rhythm guitar for country band Broken Ring, fans should stop by Saturday and hear her sing and play guitar solo in a laid-back style.
It's ironic that Athens folk band Wormz & The Decomposers are invited to play at Donkey for the benefit. The three-member band recently released their first and only album to date with a song, which has a title seems to fit the cause quite naturally.
“Troy asked us to play, because we have a song called ‘We are Rocks.’ We love rocks and we love nature,” said lead singer of the band, Megan Bihn, with a laugh.
This fun fact lends some light-hearted humor to the event and is sure to rouse a few laughs from the audience.
The band is no stranger to the Athens music scene. Wormz & The Decomposers have performed at venues such as Donkey, Fluff Bakery and Casa Nueva. The band has also traveled to perform in Columbus, Zanesville and Knoxville, but primarily sticks to the Athens scene.
Wormz formed a little over a year ago when Bihn found Dawn and Adam Graham and decided to put together a band full of guitar, banjo, mandolin and three-part harmonies. In terms of lyrical content, the band puts a heavy focus on nature.
Their debut album, Little Birdie was released this summer. Bihn used to travel on her own before settling down, which the album largely reflects.
“It’s a lot of the theme of settling down. It includes remnants of being on the road. A lot was written on the road. It also includes the natural world and is related to our daily lives,” said Bihn.
The band’s new album, which they will begin to record this summer, will be a little different, focusing instead on facing hard times and looking forward rather than looking back.
Bihn explains that their folksy, Alison Krauss inspired music is really for everyone.
“We’ve played a lot of shows for all ages. Sometimes there is laughter and sometimes there is dancing. We love when people dance,” said Bihn.
Wormz & The Decomposers will be playing a setlist of original songs from Little Birdie, with some new tracks thrown in, and they may even surprise the audience with a couple covers.
Starting the night will be local band Better Than Bugs, who will perform along with Athens musician Andrew McMillan.
Donkey will be hosting a number of entertaining and talented acts this Saturday. What makes the show even better is that it is for a relevant cause. So, come out to Donkey to support the Pfaff family while enjoying a fun and laid-back show.
The show will begin at 8 p.m., and donations are highly appreciated.
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