Superfox Promotions put on a fantastic fundraising tribute at Sanford’s West End Trading for the Pulse family in the wake of the tragic events recently at the Orlando nightclub.
I hurried over after a long day in Lakeland and missed the first few acts of the evening, but was able to catch the hard rock sounds of Giraffe Fight and Arakara. It was my first time catching both bands, and they both delivered powerful, passionate sets. I really enjoyed the speed metal delivered by Arakara who closed the night with an incendiary set.
Both of the bands donated their time and played without pay as a way to give back to the community. They were joined earlier by three other local acts: Catchfools, JANANI and The Civilianaires. Kudos to all five artists for their generosity and sense of community.
The biggest kudos have to go to the mother/daughter team who comprise Superfox Promotions. They are a local duo who seem to complement each other perfectly, and who are passionate about supporting the Orlando rock scene, and on this night, supporting the Pulse Community. According to Rhonda Superfox, “All of the money is actually going to the Pulse Nightclub itself, I want all of the money we raise tonight to go directly to Pulse. I’m going to meet with one of them personally and present the check directly and say this is for you guys.” They’re super folks with a great love for the Orlando rock community, and I’d highly suggest giving them a Like on their Facebook Page HERE!
I asked Rhonda how the idea was conceived. “I went to my daughter and said we really need to do a benefit. Then I talked to Paul WIlliams from West End and asked if he had any availability. He said we could have the next Thursday, and we really pushed the advertising and put this together in a week. He provided the venue and he’s also matching up to $1,000 for donations, raffle sales and door sales.”
Silver Moon, Rhonda’s daughter, explained how she created the lineup for this special event, “We had a ton of bands reach out to us. I wanted to put a show together with a variety of music. That way if anyone wanted to come and donate, they’d get a taste of what they like to hear. We had Indie, Alternative, Hard Rock and then metal at the end. We started the night a little softer and then ended the night with a hard bang.
Aside from the music, there were a handful of raffles, including a Les Paul Guitar donated by Micool Joshua of Rijua. And, to top it all off, gregarious and generous West End owner Paul Williams matched all donations either at the door or through the raffle.
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