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V-Day College Campaign Event Reaches Out to Virginia Tech

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The Collegian

Bands stage Va. Tech benefit By Kevin A. Doran
Collegian Staff Writer
Just days after the Virginia Tech shootings, two student bands will do their part to start the healing process tonight at Chronic Town, 224 W. College Ave.

The Man, the funk/fusion band that won a spot on the Movin' On side stage after last week's Battle of the Bands, will combine efforts with bluegrass band Hay Sugar for a show benefiting V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women, and a Virginia Tech memorial fund.

If you go
What: V-Day/Virginia Tech Benefit Show featuring The Man and Hay Sugar
When: 8 tonight
Where: Chronic Town, 224 W. College Ave.
Details: Admission is $3

Madison Flego, a member of Hay Sugar and former singer in The Man, said the proceeds from the benefit would be split between the two charitable causes. The show was originally meant to benefit V-Day, but after Monday's events, Flego decided to expand the benefit.

"As soon as it happened, I know a lot of universities were trying to do something, you know, pay their respects, do what they could," Flego said.

She said she has friends at the school and though none of them were injured in the shooting, she said the effects of the day linger on.

"I do have friends who go there," Flego said. "Thankfully they're OK, but I know that they're just traumatized by the events."

Ben Rothbart, bassist for The Man, said the band looks forward to benefit shows.

"We try to play benefit shows whenever our schedule allows us," Rothbart said. "We started doing those pretty much when we started. We usually try to do whatever shows we can when people ask us."

Hay Sugar, a relatively new band, also has experience playing benefit shows, having played benefits for Eco-Action, Flego said. The band is relatively new to the scene, but its unique style separates it from most bands in the area.

"We're not strictly bluegrass," she said. "We play a lot of southern rock covers, kind of all over the place."

Flego said she could revive her experience with The Man, but the schedule for the benefit is wide open.

"We're probably going to have an hour set each, maybe talk about the causes that we're donating to," Flego said. "It's not going to be a very regimented thing."