On Saturday, August 13th, Unlikely Heroes collaborated with local bands to raise awareness and funds for local anti-violence organizations. Their anti-violence concert, included W.O.M.A .N., Inc. as a beneficiary of their event proceeds! Other beneficiaries included Black Lives Matter, Community United Against Violence and Uke Can End It.
Check out the spotlight questions below to learn more about this group and their benefit concert!
1) What are your names & what do you all do?
We are Unlikely Heroes, a San Francisco based Hip-Hop/Punk band and we are Enon Gaines (lead vocal), Ruth Marin (Bass), Jeff Wilson (Drums) and Atlix Martinez (Lead Guitar).
2) How did you first learn about W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
I learned about W.O.M.A.N., Inc when I was researching local charities that are geared towards anti-violence. I wanted to cover a broad range of support in our efforts to spark a change in our community against violence of all kinds. What’s being done at W.O.M.A.N., Inc is phenomenal and needs to be highlighted in these times of what seems to be a lack in compassion/love for those in our community.
3) Please tell us about your fundraising efforts.
We recently held a fundraiser for a Bay Area woman that lost her two year old son in a tragic car accident. We hosted a live show where we gave all the proceeds to the mother to help offset some of those cost that you just don’t want/need to worry about when you’ve recently lost someone.
With all the violent acts going on, I just felt it was time to take action and utilize our talents in collaboration with other artists in our community to hopefully spark a change in the place we call home. Because that’s what its really all about, coming together when times are tough and not letting the evil of the world divide us. This anti-violence concert will resonate in the hearts of those in our community and maybe, just maybe someone will be able to find the help that they have been looking for.
4) What inspired you to support W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s anti-violence efforts?
I witnessed domestic violence in my home at a young age. My mother quickly removed us from that situation and paved a path that showed strength, resilience, bravery, and a strong spirit within a woman that I admire, love and respect. As a man, I can’t begin to fully understand the day-to-day struggle of a woman, let alone dealing with domestic abuse, but I’ll do whatever’s within my powers to support an organization that has knowledge and resources to help women in need.
5)What is the impact you hope for your support to have on the community?
I hope that more people will open their eyes to the needs of their community and take action in areas that are specifically lacking. I hope to see more events like this pop up that encourage people to congregate to discuss these issues, find help/resolution, and ultimately love each other past the pain that surrounds us.
6) Can you share some fun facts about yourselves?
All of us come from a totally different place in our musically journeys and the likelihood of us forming a band was…”Unlikely.” I (Enon) came from a predominately HipHop/RnB background, while Atlix came from Metal, Jeff from Jazz, and Ruth from Film Scoring and Church concert.
We spent the last two months touring which meant being in a van with each other for a super long time and we didn’t have one argument.
We have only known each other for a year and a half and I love them all like its been a lifetime.
Thanks so much for your support, Unlikely Heroes and friends! We appreciate you!