Concert preview: Sega Genocide

Joel Oliphint

A little more than a month ago, a train of thunderstorms devastated parts of West Virginia with flooding the National Weather Service called a "one in a thousand year event." Sega Genocide singer Brian C.R. and his wife, who grew up in Parkersburg, West Virginia, began looking for ways to help the flooded communities, but they had trouble finding ways to do so from out of town.

"We talked with a lot of our friends and family back in West Virginia, and we discovered a fundraiser for the Rainelle Public Library," C.R. said in an email. "Storm waters destroyed their entire collection and gutted the building, and Rainelle is a town in Greenbrier County - the county that saw the biggest loss of life and most severe flooding. The fundraiser goes directly to the library's account."

To help the library, C.R.'s local garage-pop band Sega Genocide, fresh off the release of its excellent debut albumTRYS, is hosting a fundraising show at Spacebar with Shitbox Jimmy (Cleveland), Man Mountain (southeast Michigan) and Columbus band Good Shade, followed by a dance party with Athens' DJ Barticus. Suggested donation is $5 and/or canned goods.

"These communities have been literally swept away," said C.R.'s wife, Morgan. "In the coming months, library internet access, amongst other resources, will be essential to helping the community regain ground as power lines and homes are replaced. In contributing to the reconstruction of the Rainelle Public Library, we're hoping to do our small part to pay forward the values that wild and wonderful state has instilled in me."(Safe bet)


8 p.m. Thursday,

July 28

2590 N. High St.,

Old North