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WMUL event supports animal shelters

The Parthenon

Published: Sunday, December 9, 2012

Updated: Sunday, December 9, 2012 22:12


Marcus Constantino | The Parthenon

Eric Woods performs at the 2nd annual WMUL Cutting Edge Fest at the V-Club on Saturday in Huntington.

WMUL-FM packaged support for homegrown music with aiding community animal shelters during the second-annual Cutting Edge Fest on Saturday night at the V-Club. Marshall’s student radio station gifted 100 percent of the evening’s proceeds to the Cabell-Wayne Animal Shelter in Huntington and Little Victories Rescue Shelter in Ona, W. Va.

“We benefit by getting involved with the community and the great local artists,” Brittany Barnes, music director at WMUL, said. “Of course it’s great the shelters can benefit as well.”

Barnes, a senior TV & radio production major from Hurricane, W.Va., organized the event in conjunction with the V-Club’s existing desire to host a show benefiting local shelters. WMUL’s staff was quick to combine its annual concert with the club’s ambitions.

“They have so many animals given to them on a weekly sometimes even daily basis,” Barnes said. “They need the help and donations so we wanted to make sure they got it.”

To extend the urgency of action,  Barnes also said the Cabell-Wayne Animal Shelter had over 150 animals dropped off in a single day earlier this year. Collected that night include $10 entry fees, donations including food, bedding and cleaning materials and proceeds from a silent art auction donated by local artists.

“It wasn’t a hard sell,” Barnes said. “Any reasonable person likes music and animals.”

Bands performing included local acts Coyotes in Boxes, Deadbeats and Barkers, and mycity. Sean Knisely, guitarist and back-up vocalist for Coyotes in Boxes was thrilled to help the cause in a way he loves.

“If a dog gets rescued because we played music, that’s ridiculously cool,” Knisely said. “Even if one is rescued or you raise $10 for a worthy cause, that’s awesome.”

The Huntington native performed last December at the first Cutting Edge Fest at Shamrock’s Pub and was a sure-bet to play Saturday’s show. A graduate of Marshall’s journalism program as well, Knisely showed a distinct fondness for WMUL and local music.

“I think WMUL is a great thing and I’m all about the Huntington music scene,” Knisely said. “There’s a lot of potential and talent around here.”

Knisely praised music’s healing properties and sees worthiness in applying it to causes outside of simply listening and enjoying.

“Music has so much potential to help people,” Knisely said. “You combine that with a cause, especially like rescuing animals; that’s a beautiful thing.”

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