In its second year, the Gay Rocks event in Salt Lake City will raise funds for The Trevor Project, which provides suicide prevention counseling for youth. Gay Rocks will feature local bands and local and national poets, and will take place June 15, 5 p.m., at the Shred Shed, 60 E. Exchange Place.
The bands and musicians will include Oh, Be Clever, Johanna, Katie Ainge, Rhubarb Jam, September Say Goodbye and Vinyl Tapestries. The poets will include Karlee Berezay, Tori Lindsay, DeAnn Emett, Patrick Ohslund, Jordan Ranft and Seth Walker.
“I love what The Trevor Project is about. So many LGBT youth suffer from depression and are in need of that extra help,” said event organizer Ash Houghton. “The event will be a fundraiser for all ages. It’s a little different than a lot of other fundraisers and there will be something for everyone.”
The music is mostly indie pop and acoustic folk, Houghton said. The environment will be mellow and laid back — a perfect opportunity to meet other queer and local music supporters, she said. Last year’s event attracted dozens of people and helped the organizers spread the word and gain more support for the show.
“Last year went so well and it’s already grown so much. This is a way to reach an alternative crowd and have a good time while raising money for a good cause,” Houghton said.
In addition to the concert, there will be a silent auction and the organizers are asking for donations. For more information, go to the Facebook event: on.fb.me/12wVwyR. Donations can also be made at giveforward.com/gayrocks. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.