The Sam Ash Music Store will be hosting a concert benefiting Angels and Doves starting at 2 p.m. Feb. 22.
Kim Harvey is co-founder of Angels and Doves, a national foundation based in Indianapolis designed to educate and prevent adolescent bullying.
“It’s a charity to save children from committing suicide due to bullying,” Harvey explained.
Harvey, who studied psychology and child psychology at Indiana University, defines bullying as an intentional, aggressive act against another person that’s repeated over a long period of time. Being teased every so often is not the same.
“Bullying is not normal behavior,” Harvey said. “Maybe you think it’s cool, but it’s really abnormal behavior. You do not have the right to be mean to another person. It’s not your place to judge.”
For those who bully, Harvey says it comes down to how they feel about themselves.
“If you like yourself, you’ll want to be nice to other people,” she said.
To raise funds so she can spread the word, Harvey has a goal to hold a fundraiser each month in 2014. The first such event is the concert at the Sam Ash Music Store.
“Sam Ash embraced the idea to hold a charity to end bullying and suicides,” she said. “The Sam Ash Music Store in Castleton is a 33,000 square foot facility with a full size stage. It’s fantastic. It’s a nationwide family owned business.”
The event is known as Bands Against Bullies and will feature several bands. Sam Ash Music Store is at 8284 Center Run Drive, Indianapolis.
“We are showcasing some of the finest bands in Central Indiana including Hitmen, Shed, Dell Zell, and The Perfect Dream, who is a youth band consisting of brothers and sisters. They have a female bass player who is just adorable and amazing on the bass.”
Harvey said this will be a very family oriented day for people of all ages.
“It is very much a focus on musicians and people interested in music, who also want to give to a worthy cause,” she added.
“Rupert from Survivor actually sits on our board of directors,” she said. “He will be there doing a meet and greet starting at 2 p.m. He will have his books available. He really brings a lot of energy to the events we hold.”
The headliners will take to the stage at about 5 p.m. Musicians Bobby Haden Jr. and Rick Bozzo of Meatloaf will be taking to the stage.
In all there will be 10 bands showcased.
The event is available to those who make a donation to Angels & Doves. That can be done on the website at angelsanddoves.com or http://www.shedrocks.com/angels-and-doves-anti-bully-program/. There will also be Indiana Ice giveaways and discounts from Sam Ash during the event. Those who make a $20 donation will receive a “No Bully” shirt.
For more information, call 870-1100 or visit the website at www.livemusicindiana.com.