The lead singer of the Charlotte-based rock quartet, Amanda Caines is hosting the first annual Hooterfest this Saturday at the Chop Shop. Hooterfest 2012 is a female-fueled rock show that benefits orphaned owlets at the Carolina Raptor Center (CRC).
The young musician’s passion for owls, specifically owlets, has grown more and more evident over the years. And her passion for local music is even more apparent.
The line-up for Hooterfest 2012 is composed of all female-infused rock groups: Grown Up Avenger Stuff, Shot Silk, Tattermask, Luna’s Lament and Crimson Countess.
“I picked the line-up for the show based on different things for each band,” said Caines. “I like every one of the bands, but there was a little something for each that made them stand out.”
According to Cain, many of the bands had shown signs of interest in birds of prey through body art, which made her interested in including the bands. Crimson Countess guitarist Jenna DeGrove has owls tattooed on her arms. Shot Silk guitarist Hayley Lakeman is a tattoo artist who has various owl tattoos in her online portfolio.
Caines chose to include Luna’s Lament and Grown Up Avenger Stuff because they had been involved with various quirky charity events recently in Charlotte. All bands are headed by female musicians.
Other festivities include a Raptor Raffle for free tickets to Carowinds, a vintage item from The Atomic Owl, a vintage oddities store in South Carolina, and other themed prizes.
Drink specials also benefit the CRC. The “Drink & Donate” option allows patrons to buy either a Birdsong Brewing Co. featured “Beer of the Night” or the NuDay Productions’ featured “Purple Hooter Shooter.” Each drink purchase makes a donation to CRC.
“We say ‘Don’t drink and drive, drink and donate,” Caines said.
Hooterfest 2012 will take place at the Chop Shop this Saturday June 9th. Attendees should expect a night full of a diverse range of rock and alternative metal and a boundless spout of absurd, owl-themed puns.
Each owlet brought into Carolina Raptor Center costs an average of about $150 to care for, and there are about 60 orphaned owlets at CRC right now, which would cost about $9,000.
“That’s a pretty huge amount of money to raise,” Caine says. “But we’d love to get as close to that amount as we can with this event. While I realize it’s a lofty goal for a first-year fundraiser, I hope to continue this event annually and eventually be able to cover those expenses for CRC completely.”