Vocalist/guitarist Brad Rhodes, drummer Tyler “Tyg” Duis, keyboardist/bassist Sammy Duis, and recently-added guitarist Jon Wiley make up DC-based Melodime, a band as passionate about music as they are about helping their community. Melodime recently started up a charity called “Now I Play Along Too” which collects new or gently used instruments in order to give the less fortunate the opportunity to play music.
Melodime’s show at Jammin Java this Saturday, April 19, will double as an instrument drive for their charity. If you bring a new or gently used instrument to donate, you will receive free admission to the show. Concert goers are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know you’re going to donate, but you can still bring instruments even if you don’t alert them ahead of time. I had a chance to talk to Brad, Tyg, Sammy and Jon before their show this weekend to talk more about their charity efforts, and what’s in store for them in 2014.
DC Music Live: Can you talk about the instrument drive at the show this Saturday at Jammin Java and how people can get involved?
Brad Rhodes: Sure, so basically what we’re doing is if anybody brings a new or slightly used instrument to the show then they can get free admission. We have some people who have already contacted our manager in advance to do that, which you can do by emailing email@example.com. Otherwise you can just show up with an instrument and that will get you free admission. We’re also taking donations to the charity which you can do through our website (www.melodime.com).
DCML: How do hometown shows compare to shows out on the road?
Brad: We love the hometown shows especially when they’re kind of in the middle of these tours, just because it’s good to see familiar faces and play for a full room of your fans. I think there’s something special about that, especially this one with the instrument drive added, that will make for a cool night.