The show must go on for California rock trio Fever 333.
When the 50th Anniversary Woodstock show was a no-go, Fever 333 decided to do its own pop-up concert to commemorate the historic three-day festival held in 1969. Fever 333 titled the Aug. 16 fest Wouldstock.
“Essentially, when we heard we were chosen to play at the 50th anniversary, it was obviously a great honor,” said Jason Aalon Butler, vocalist for Fever 333. “I think the spirit of Woodstock, I think it is something that we subscribe to and align with. When we heard it was canceled, it was something that we still wanted to honor and we sort of focused on and highlighted. This project actually started in a parking lot in Inglewood, California. We did, like, a pop-up demonstration of our own in the back of a truck. So we figured we would take that essence as well as the original essence of Woodstock from 1969 and we do it in a parking lot in Poughkeepsie, New York, for free.”
The show featured an eclectic lineup of the rap-rock trio’s friends, including female rapper Sirah, emo-mathcore band Kaonashi, an acoustic set by Beauty School Dropout, as well as Oxymorons and Worn Thin. Each band was asked to choose a charity to benefit from the proceeds. Fever 333 has its own nonprofit, Walk in My Shoes Foundation, which donates to rotating charities. It plans to align with the American Civil Liberties Union to support its fight against anti-abortion laws in Georgia and Alabama as well as fund lobbyists trying to overhaul immigration laws and intervene in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s mistreatment of families, children and citizens.
Charity is a big part of the band’s mission and is represented by the number 3 in the band’s name.
“The number 3 has so many things attached to it,” Butler said. “Like the Trinity, the sense of strength in a triangle being the strongest shape known to man. That can offer solidarity, and when we work together in congruence, we can be the strongest we can be. The 333 in our name actually represents the three C’s, so C being the third letter of the English alphabet, and those three C’s represent community, charity and change, and that is the whole platform that this whole project rests on.”
Promoting equality and being all-inclusive are important to the band, which aims to provide a platform where people feel safe.
“In today’s times, things are so insensibly divided and there’s so much inflammatory rhetoric being spewed, not just in America but throughout the globe,” Butler said. “I think that it, especially for myself growing up sort of searching for a place to belong both societally and artistically, culturally even, I think that we’re just trying to take our privilege, which is the platform of music and the fact that people are listening, and we’re making sure that people feel included. We’re making sure that people feel as best represented as we can. We have a black guitar player, myself, I’m mixed, and a white drummer … a lot of the things that we subscribe to are ones of inclusion.”