Ol' Dirty Bastard likes it raw, and you know what, so do we. Not the slang term with several connotations, but the indie arts organization, RAW: natural born artists.
With 54 branches across the country, the collective shines a spotlight on local talents in various artistic industries such as fashion, visual art, and music by regularly hosting one-night events the organization describes as a "circus of creativity."
"RAW, as I've been introduced to it, is a kind of local talent search," Bad Lucy guitarist J. Miller says. "They reach out to musicians as well as photographers, hair and makeup artists and other performance artists."
The local rockers have been tapped to perform at the organization's next showcase going down on Thursday, September 20, at Martini Ranch in Scottsdale.
This month's event is part burlesque show, fashion show, and fundraiser, with proceeds going to benefit children's music education advocates, Ear Candy Charity. Bad Lucy, along with local musicians The Deer Leaders and Francis Dean are among the 26 hand-selected artists scheduled to perform.
"It's been pitched as a great tool for networking with artists in the community that could possibly collaborate in the future," Miller says. "So for bands to connect with photographers and videographers; you can see there's an obvious tie-in, that sort of thing. I think it's a great idea.
"They also have these showcases in dozens of big cities across the country and after we play this one, they've opened it up so that we can play at any of the other showcases across the country," he says. "We'll probably utilize that and maybe head out to one of the showcases in California or maybe Texas or Colorado, so that's pretty cool."
While the opportunity to spread their sound is obviously appealing, Miller is most excited about the chance to help out Ear Candy. The charity aids at-risk music programs at schools by providing refurbished instruments.
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"That definitely hits home with all of the members of Bad Lucy," he explains. "All of us have participated in, or have had some sort of formal training, whether it was in school or after grade school, so that means a lot to us."
All proceeds from purchases of fundraising sponsors Pabst Blue Ribbon, Arte Tequila and Arizona Iced Tea will go to Ear Candy. Doors open at 7 p.m. and you can purchase tickets at the door for $15.