On Feb. 24, Jazzy’s will host the Riot 4 Choice Planned Parenthood benefit show. The concert is set up to help benefit the women’s healthcare provider by gathering people for a night of art and music with all proceeds going towards Planned Parenthood. Several local and out-of-town bands are set to perform at the event, and there will be local artists’ work for sale.
The Riot 4 Choice concert will feature three musical artists from Utah.
The first group is an experimental hip-hop duo known as Duke Mute & Dice Game Uchiha. The project is composed of Jeremiah Holt and Henry Schaefer and pulls influence from visionary rappers such as MF Doom, Milo, and Knxwledge. The Riot 4 Choice concert will be the debut performance for the duo.
Following DM&DGU is the local noise-rock band Gold Star For Robot Boy. Featuring veterans of the southern Utah music scene, Gold Star follows in the footsteps of Sonic Youth, Pavement, and The Breeders to bring a style of loud, fuzzed-out rock that fills the room with sound and energy.
The final act of the night is Cat Ghost Formally Known as Ghost Cat, a three-piece twinkly-emo/mood-rawk group from Wendover. Their debut EP, “I’m Cooler Than You, Stop Making Fun of Me,” was released last August and showcases a lo-fi emotional ride along dynamic indie melodies.
Hannah Milne is the president of Students for Choice DSU, a Dixie State University club set up to help empower students in their reproductive health choices. She works for Planned Parenthood Action Council of Utah and organized the Riot 4 Choice benefit show. With congressional leaders in talks of defunding Planned Parenthood, she felt that the Riot 4 Choice concert may work as a catalyst to connect and mobilize people into showing support for the organization.
Her initial inspiration for the concert came after reading about a series of benefit concerts called “Rock for Choice” that were initially started by the Riot Grrrl band L7 in 1991. The original concert series lasted 10 years and featured bands such as Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bikini Kill, Joan Jett, and Fugazi with the focus on showing support for the pro-choice movement and fighting for reproductive rights, access to healthcare, and bodily autonomy.
“STI testing, contraceptives, cancer screenings, safe abortions (which only equates to around 3 percent of all of their services), and much more,” Wilne said.
It’s been estimated that 1 in 5 women will visit a Planned Parenthood clinic during their lifetime. Milne says Planned Parenthood is important.
“Not only because they are a vital health provider to millions of Americans but because they have been by our sides during this long haul (and yes long long before the ’90s).”
She says that there are several ways you can help support Planned Parenthood.
“Donate. Share your story; you are not alone. Let your state and congressional representatives know that you oppose the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Become a Planned Parenthood volunteer or ambassador (visit plannedparenthood.org for more information). Speak out against hate.”
Entry to Riot 4 Choice is $5 at the door. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will go until roughly 10 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page. You can listen to and download Cat Ghost FKA Ghost Cat’s music here.