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Charity concert for cats meant to be ‘a positive force and not just a silly theme’

Salt Lake citizens Jaden Thornley and Didier Bouchever had been appearing because the rap staff Ivy Local for about a 12 months and a part. At the start of 2017, they made up our minds to embody their interior randomness and loosely base some presentations round apparently arbitrary issues.

“We began this 12 months with a ‘love’ display we did at Urban Lounge. I’m not positive it actually labored! I’m not positive other people actually understood what used to be occurring. I’m not positive even we knew what used to be occurring! But that more or less planted the seed of it,” Thornley mentioned. “And a few months later, we did an ‘orange’ show, which was dedicated to celebrating the color orange — covering all of Urban Lounge in orange, we had baskets of oranges at the tables, just embracing the insanity and madness and everything that is the color orange. … I don’t think anyone really understood why we were celebrating the color orange, but I think it worked, and we felt the unifying force of a good, strong theme.”

A couple of days after the “orange” display, Thornley and Bouchever (aka J. Doctorate and Warren_Budget) have been striking out on the house in their buddy and “Svengali” Lisa Elin, taking part in together with her cat and tossing out extra indiscriminate concepts for their subsequent theme display, when Elin instructed a other method — in all probability make the subjects much less haphazard and extra practical.

Half the proceeds from ticket sales will cross to the Cat Crusaders, as will all of the finances from a raffle to be held on the display, that includes prizes from native eating places, Tinker’s Cat Cafe and PetSmart. Donations of cat meals and provides too can be introduced to the display or made upfront on the iconoCLAD used-clothing retailer (414 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City).

Callista Pearson, advertising and communications supervisor for Salt Lake County Animal Services, mentioned the group eagerly climbed onboard when Ivy Local pitched the speculation.

“This will be the biggest fundraiser that is targeted specifically for the Cat Crusaders,” Pearson wrote in an electronic mail. “We have done several small events, but nothing like this! We are so excited!”

She famous that SLCAS housed greater than four,000 cats remaining 12 months and greater than three,800 up to now this 12 months, and has completed “no kill” standing (“over 90 percent of the animals that came into the shelter were returned to their owners, adopted, rescued out or released back into their community colonies”) for 5 years directly, thank you partly to its TNR program.

Meanwhile, since 2012, SLCAS has mounted greater than 11,500 cats and kittens. The Free Feline Fix program used to be instituted in 2015, main to nearly 700 owned cats in the neighborhood being spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated for loose. It takes position at the first Thursday of each month.

Pearson wrote that “The Cat Show” will be a just right probability to let other people learn about those techniques and to lift cash for them.

“This is a great event for us to get out information about what Salt Lake County Animal Services does for cats in the community, to educate pet owners about responsible ownership, and an opportunity to raise money to aid our spay/neuter efforts in the community,” she mentioned.

The concert itself will characteristic native comic Tanner Nicholson performing as emcee and performing some standup, the dance troupe Salt City Hoop Kitties appearing LED hula-hoop routines all the way through the evening, opening and final units from DJ Serge du Preea, Cat Crusaders representatives selling their techniques and, after all, Ivy Local rapping.

By day, the 29-year-old Thornley does faraway paintings for a Delaware company legislation company. By evening, he’s making track in accordance with his love of ’90s hip-hop. He unashamedly finds Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” because the tipping level (“I remember I even made a remix of that one called ‘Coca-Cola Paradise,’ based, I guess, on my love for soda. I don’t know what I was thinking!”) sooner than transferring on to the likes of Mase, Nelly and 50 Cent.

Now, he and Bouchever can scarcely imagine they get to mix that love with any other.

“Me and Didier both have had cats up until the last few years. … We’ve moved around and just had situations where we didn’t really feel good about having a cat and leaving it alone. But whenever we’re at our friends’ houses with cats, it just always comes up,” Thornley mentioned. “I think it’s almost the fact that we don’t have cats that led us to, ‘We need to celebrate cats!’ We really appreciate them.”

They additionally admire their buddy Elin encouraging them to steer their fun-but-pointless presentations into fun-and-purposeful presentations.

“It was kind of an ‘aha’ moment that we could do this … and actually do it for something we really care about,” Thornley mentioned. “We could use it as a positive force and not just as a silly theme.”

‘The Cat Show — A Charity Concert for Cats’

With Ivy Local, DJ Serge du Preea, Salt City Hoop Kitties

When • Wednesday; doorways at eight p.m., display at nine

Where • Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10; Ticketfly

Noteworthy • Half of proceeds from price ticket gross sales cross to Salt Lake County Animal Services’ Cat Crusaders. A big gamble will characteristic prizes from native eating places, Tinker’s Cat Cafe and PetSmart, with all proceeds going to Cat Crusaders. Donations of cat meals and provides can be made on the concert or upfront on the iconoCLAD used-clothing retailer in Salt Lake City.

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