If you go
What: Killah Priest
When: 9 p.m. Sunday
Where: Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-447-0095
More info: foxtheatre.com
Another night, another flood-relief concert. Not that anyone can complain. Bring on the aid, especially if it means a Killah Priest show.
The Brooklyn rapper and Wu Tang Clan affiliate (which means he's backed by the group) is hitting the stage at the Fox Theatre on Sunday night. The show wasn't originally meant as flood relief, but the flood was taking its toll as the Fox, the artists and Jammin 101.5's Nan Kushel were organizing everything. They decided to help out.
"I initially talked to the Fox about it and by the time I did that, it was turned into a relief show," Kushel said. "We're going to collect food, clothing and hygiene products. We've contacted Boulder Flood Relief about donating to them, but I think they're only taking cash donations right now, so we're trying to send them wherever they can use them."
They'll also be offering people who donate on the night of the show a chance to win tickets to the Questlove and Pete Rock with CL Smooth shows at Cervantes on Oct. 5 and 24, respectively.
Killah Priest turns out to be a good fit for a relief show, since his M.O. is spiritual and inspirational. And even more appropriate are the local supporting acts, which include Flowalition, Proximity and BMBC.
"BMBC's Bobby Andris is a student at CU currently. They're a younger group, but they're pretty entrenched in the CU culture," Kushel said. "Proximity — they've all grown up, born and raised, around the Lafayette/Boulder area. They've actually gotten quite a few accolades nationally and locally. Flowalition is the same."
BMBC wasn't added to the show until after it was dedicated to flood relief, but the group had already been inspired to pen a song and video about the flood on Sept. 11, when the floodwaters started to intensify.
That day was Andris' birthday, and he and his friends were celebrating when the disaster began.
"Out of nowhere, we got the flood warning and everything started picking up. Our basement got flooded and my roommate, a bunch of his stuff got damaged. Once we helped him out, we went down the street to see if anybody needed help, and it was this community brought together."
They did some filming that night and also in the aftermath. After collecting footage from news stations, Andris started editing a music video to go with the song. It won't be ready for the Fox show, but BMBC will perform the song.
"We really wanted to make something that would kind of speak to the spirit, I guess, of Boulder as a whole. We didn't want to make a song that said, 'This happened and X amount of people died.' We didn't want to list facts. We made this song that speaks to how Boulder is such a resilient town and when terrible things happen, we'll bounce back stronger than before."