ACRN Rocks Date Auction Fundraiser
By: Cortney Willis
Music and money filled The Union Bar and Grill last night at ACRN’s annual date auction.
The proceeds went towards Lobsterfest, a three day festival held the spring that consists of free concerts from local well-known acts. Chris Dobstaff, Editorial Director of ACRN, said Lobsterfest is one of the main reasons people come to the date auction.
“People like to give back for Lobsterfest,” said Dobstaff.
People bid not only on dates, but also on gift certificates to various local businesses and other prizes.
“The turnout is even better than I thought it would be,” said Traffic Director, Carolyn Meyers. “I’m really happy people showed up to support us.”
Saturday Giant, an indie one-man band from Columbus, kicked off the performances for the night. Philip Cogley, the man behind the band, said “he loves playing Athens.”
“Athens has a really good vibe,” Cogley said. “People are very attentive and enjoy hearing something new. “ “The Union also has a really great sound.”
A standout moment from his set was his cover of “Where Is My Mind?” by The Pixies. He stopped playing his many instruments for a moment for the audience to sing along to the chorus.
Emily & the Complexes, another Columbus-based, act also performed for the night. Before beginning their set, the lead singer joked, “Hello, we’re Mumford and Sons. “We’re here to play you music from our new album, Babel.”
“Athens is always really good to us,” said bassist Jordan Finke.
“We’ve been doing this for over five years,” Director of Promotions Kory Kasler said. “Tonight we raised $500 and I’m very happy with that.”