It may have a slightly awkward-sounding name, but it’s hard not to love “Songs Against Domestic Abuse,” a new compilation disc benefiting Safe Nest, Nevada’s largest charity devoted to helping the victims of domestic violence.
Safe Nest provides shelter and counseling for victims. The compilation provides catchy tunes in a variety of genres, from punk to funk, pop to folk, country and hip-hop. All the songs are from Las Vegas-based bands.
We like compilations because we are ADD-afflicted people with a short attention span, and lots of different kinds of music keeps us from getting bored. We especially like compilations with local bands doing different kinds of good songs on them, and this one fits the need.
Pet Tigers, the keyboard-pop-rockers, open up the disc with “Shoe.” Lovehateaway, the indie quintet, give us a gorgeous little “Kind of a Funny Story.”
Stevenson Brooks provides some straight sensitive guy-type folk picking with “Tough Guy.” Megan Barker is a tough girl in country gingham dress with “Doormat.” Sara Patterson gives us an old-school, folk-influenced “Reverse Alchemy,” and NB Henry and Professor AC3 dive into hip-hop with “What Happened?”
We like both Hope’s Edge’s “Anywhere But Here” and the All-Together’s “The Monotone of Promises.” Samantha Josaphine has a pretty song, “Short of Breath.”
And one of our favorite rawk bands, The Dirty Panties, speeds it up a lot with “Figment of a Girl.” Also appearing on the disc are Heavy Honey, Sarah Thiele, Viridian, Marisa Johnson and Jeff Mix.
It gets better! You can catch many of these self-same bands Saturday at the Access Showroom at Aliante Casino and Hotel, 7300 N. Aliante Pkwy., in North Las Vegas. The all-ages show is for No Harm Done, a project using local music to increase awareness of and raise funds for domestic abuse nonprofits. Tickets are $10 advance and $12 at the door, with Sarah Thiele, Megan Barker, Samantha Josaphine, Heavy Honey, Viridian, the All-Togethers and Jeff Mix on the list of performers.
The benefit starts at 6 p.m. and No Harm Done promises that all proceeds from ticket and CD sales will go directly to Safe Nest.
“This is all local,” said Lisa Lynn Chapman, community relations director for Safe Nest. “This is really our community coming forward and saying, ‘We’re against domestic violence and we’re taking a stand.’ And that is phenomenal.” CL
Chapman said funds raised in the effort will go directly to provide shelter and safety for women and children in Las Vegas. “It also raises awareness that domestic violence is something that we won’t tolerate in Las Vegas.”