Flood Aid at O'Malley's

Kevin Gibson

Five bucks a head adds up, and while the audience was sparse in the early going, many Louisville music fans turned out for Flood Aid to the tune of about $2,600.

Sponsored by 100.5 The Fox FM and O'Malley's Corner, the concert was held March 25 to raise money for those whose homes were damaged and whose lives were disrupted by the March flood.

All door proceeds were donated to the American Red Cross and went to benefit flood victims, and Coyote's - which featured four bands on its stage - held a silent auction featuring everything from Fender guitars to autographed pictures of country music stars. The auction netted $600.

In addition to the auction, Pure South, Keen & Co., Michael Parsley, and David Ratterman and Lost Highway entertained country music fans at Coyote's.

Next door at the Backstage Cafe, six bands belted the audience with originals and covers of everything from KISS to the Beatles to the "Greenacres" theme song.

Georgetown, Indiana's Peace Frogs started things off, followed by the dynamic originals of 100 Acre Wood, then Slow Hand (a nod to Eric Clapton), Supafuzz, Smack Dab and Whatever Will.

The bands donated their time, talent and effort. O'Malley's officials had hoped for more people to support the cause, however.

Said Lynda Meland, an O'Malley's Corner employee: "We didn't quite the turnout we wanted."

She said the fact that the show was held so early in the week may have hurt attendance. "On Mondays it's hard to get people to come out, no matter what you're doing."