What led to that anger was watching the news and seeing stories about animals being abused, abandoned and neglected here in a city he loves.
“I couldn’t watch the news anymore, so I decided to stop being pissed, and get off the couch,” Moody said.
That’s when the power of social media took over. Moody did one simple thing: He wrote a post on Facebook asking if there were any local bands or musicians that wanted to play a benefit concert to raise money for No Kill Louisville’s “Hope Fund” for abused and neglected animals. Since Moody just happens to be a member of one of Louisville’s best-known and loved rock bands, Jefferson TARC Bus, his post made it to the right audience.
“All I wrote was, ‘Who’s In?’ and the response was amazing.” Moody said the great thing was that he never really had to go soliciting. “This thing was organic. It grew all by itself.”
Everything really came together when Phoenix Hill volunteered its venue to host the event. The No Kill Louisville Benefit Concert has turned into a 10-hour, three-stage music festival with 21 bands scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 28. The lineup features Jefferson TARC Bus, of course, along with notable names such as 2 Far Gone, Mike Owens, Van Waylen and Talk of Spring, just to name a few.
The response has been enthusiastic from more than just Louisville’s musical crowd. Local businesses have offered to sponsor the event and donate items for a silent auction. So far, more than 600 people have confirmed they’re attending.
“I always try to shoot high and hope for the best,” Moody said. He is hoping the effort can raise $20,000 for No Kill Louisville and added that organizers would like to make it an annual event.
The doors at Phoenix Hill open at 2 p.m., and the last bands are scheduled to wrap up at midnight. Moody said this event is for all musical tastes, with bands playing rock, metal and country. For a complete list of bands and times, visit www.facebook.com/NKLBenefitShow.
Moody also said the show is a family event with kids under the age of 14 getting in free.
“It’s a chance for everyone to do something,” he said. “All you have to do is show up, and if you can’t show up, just go to the No Kill Louisville website and donate. When it’s all over, we all get to feel good because we did something.”
Benefit Concert for No Kill Louisville
Benefits: No Kill Louisville – The Hope Fund
When: Sunday, Aug. 28, 2 p.m.-midnight
Where: Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Ave.
Tickets: $10 for adults; children under 14 free
Category: The Pet Buddy
About the Author (Author Profile)
After 25 years as a journalist and television production executive I turned
my career 180 degrees and opened a pet care business; Home Buddies
Louisville. I couldn’t abandon journalism altogether though, so now I write
The Pet Buddy, a weekly column to help you improve the lives of your
four-legged family members. When I’m not hanging out with my wife Julie and
our rescued fur-kids you will find me on a bicycle racing for The
TwinSpires.com Cycling Team.