Bands for Brains
What is Bands for Brains?
Bands for Brains is a virtual fundraiser concert to raise money for brain injury research. The concert takes place on May 15, 2021 at 7 p.m. EST on the Bands for Brains youtube channel. Please note that even though this concert is ticketed, it is free to attend! Remember that it is also fundraiser, and donations are greatly appreciated! The event is organized by Riley, a high school junior from the greater Baltimore, Maryland area. Riley is not only a music lover, but has a personal experience regarding brain injuries. Riley’s mom acquired a traumatic brain injury in 2015, and she remains in a minimally conscious state. All revenue that this event creates will be going directly to the Brain Injury Association of Maryland (BIAMD). We’ve brought together some amazing musicians who have generously contributed their time and their talent, and they will be performing some really great sets curated just for this show. So come and listen to some great music, for a great cause!
A Message From Riley
Please keep in mind that I am working hard to stay mostly anonymous. If you know me, please respect my wishes to remain private and do not disclose my identity. Thank you.
We are Flamango Bay, an indie pop rock band from the Bay Area! When we started playing together in middle school, we barely knew each other. Four years of high school and a pandemic later; we live together in our LA apartment. We each come from diverse musical backgrounds. You can hear the influence of 90’s alternative, garage rock, and emo pop to r&b, funk, and jazz. Bands like Fashion Jackson, Paramore, Vulfpeck, Beabadoobee, and Small Crush and artists like Stevie Wonder, Sza, Mitski, Frank Ocean and Harry Styles are some of our favorites.
We have been shaped by the Bay Area in every way. We are inspired by activism and motivated by the desperate need for change. As a female fronted, predominantly queer band, it is our goal to make the California indie scene a safe space for everyone. We want to build up a community in which there’s mutual respect between bands and their audiences. Everyone deserves a place in the scene, except for racists, abusers, homophobes, transphobes etc.