Local Rock Show benefits Bikers Against Child Abuse

Christopher McIntyre of Filthy Sweet.

Black Star Alliance guitarist Colton Jungjohan finds a shredding buddy in Devin and Jessica Houser's son. 

            Thunderous drums, powerful vocals and catchy guitar licks rang throughout the old Delta school gym as it played host to a host a local Rock Show, featuring 11 bands coming together to raise money for Bikers Against Child Abuse.

            Devin and Jessica Houser organized this nearly 12 hour show as part of their “Local Rock Fest” events to bring musicians together “over a common love for music.” Bands traveled from as close as Ottumwa and as far away as Australia to perform and help raise funds for Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) after being approached by the organization. The Housers a held silent auction to increase the amount they were able to donate and were approached by friends, family friends and business owners to donate everything from gift baskets to band merchandise.

            “We have always received a lot of help from family and friends to keep things running smoothly,” Jessica Houser said. “We chose Delta because this old building is perfect for our events. We have also found that rural areas tend to have better turnouts, which is great for everyone.”

            Attendees enjoyed food, drink and limited camping and were able to interact with the folks of B.A.C.A. as they watched the bands tear up the stage. Many bought raffle tickets or took part in the silent auction to support B.A.C.A. in its efforts to protect area children.

            “We had a great turnout,” Houser said. “Our main goal is to have these bands be seen and not pay to play. I didn’t hear a single complaint and everyone respected each other. Watching everyone have a good time and make new connections was a huge part of what made our show successful. Supporting B.A.C.A. was great and meant a lot to me, knowing all they do for kids.”

            To learn more about B.A.C.A., contact them at info@se-ia.bacaworld.org. Estimates of the funds raised through the event were not available prior to publication.