“Zack is a real good friend of mine and all of the rest of the Reggie’s staff and regulars,” Charles Krueger says. Krueger is part owner of Reggie’s 42nd Street Tavern as well as the vocalist of local metal act ThunderLip.
A few months ago, Henderson was diagnosed with testicular cancer. “Since, he has been dealing with everything that comes with it,” Krueger tells. “Surgery, chemotherapy, fatigue, time off work, so on and so forth.”
Despite the history of grueling medical treatment, Henderson’s latest check-up revealed a silver lining: He now has a clean bill of health.
“We figured it would be a good time to have Reggie’s Fest, where we can celebrate Zack and get some money together to help him with medical expenses, personal bills, and, hopefully, enough to take some more time off for a vacation rather than illness,” Krueger describes.
Reggie’s Fest will be a two-night event hosted Friday, August 23rd, and Saturday, August 24th, featuring live regional music, raffles and even a dunk tank. Gift certificates from Flaming Amy’s, Chop’s Deli, Memory Lane Comics, Gravity Records, Surf City Surf Shop, and from a few local tattoo parlors and skate shops will be up for grabs. “I’ve got some local artists who are going to donate jewelry and art that will probably be in a silent auction,” Krueger adds.
For the tank, Krueger says there is no set list of “dunkees,” but he and his co-owners will be ready to swim for the cause, including Matt Hearn from the band White Tiger and the Bed of Roses, and English Rich. “There’s probably gonna be a line around the block to dunk Rich,” Krueger quips. “Other than that, hopefully, it’ll turn into a ‘Dunk Your Favorite Local Musician.’ Anybody know how to get a hold of Ricky Meeks or Rick Star?”
While the dunks and auction will go down both nights from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., each evening will have its own set list of varied rock acts. “These are all bands that we’ve either played with before and liked, have members in, or members have been in ThunderLip (Crusades, White Tiger, Iron Head and Mountain Thrower)—or that we really like and figured they’d add to an already awesome lineup,” Krueger reveals. “I personally can’t wait to check out Demon Eye again and All Them Witches.”
Friday night’s music will kick off at 10 p.m. with A Bottle Volcanic. Formed locally in 2010, the four-part band brings about experimental and garage-rock elements to make its own brand of indie-folk. At 11 p.m., Mountain Thrower will take the stage. Composed of drummer Ben Lanier, bassist Chris Bare and guitarist John Manning, the group plays heavy, ‘70s-style rock.
Demon Eye, performing at midnight, offers a sound reminiscent of Black Sabbath, Pentagram and early Iron Maiden. The act rocks with two New Yorkers and two Southerners, now based in Raleigh: Bill Eagen (drums, vocals); Paul Walz (bass); Larry Burlison (lead guitar); and Erik Sugg (guitar, vocals).
Finishing up Friday night will be White Tiger and the Bed of Roses at 1 a.m.. They’ll dish out hard rock with a side of punk.
Setting up the second night at Reggie’s, Vince’s Bass Explosion will play at 9 p.m., followed by The You’re Gonna Die and Go to Hells at 10 p.m. The band’s catalog of titles prove just as eye-catching as its moniker: “Barbara Hates The Needles,” “I Still Have a Landline” and “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” all offer guitar-laden punk edge and staccato vocals. That act will be followed by the Nashville-based All Them Witches, serving psychedelic rock.
The 11 o’clock hour will host Ironhead, a local band which has been releasing full-length and seven-inch albums since 2005. The rock/punk trio comprises Johnny “Sonic” Yeagher (vocals, guitar), Angela Yeagher (bass, vocals), and Brad “Catfish” Ellington (drums).
The rock of Crusades—featuring musicians Johnny Collins (drums) and Jason Shi (vocals, guitar, bass)—will take the stage at midnight.
The final act will consist of ThunderLip at 1 a.m. on Saturday. The band is rounded out by Krueger, James Yopp (guitar), Johnny Yeagher (guitar), Angela Yeagher (bass), and Johnny Collins (drums).
“I’ve heard that we have an early ‘70s metal thing going on (U.F.O., Judas Priest, Maiden),” Krueger says of the group’s sound. “We’ll be playing a bunch of stuff that’s gonna be on our new album, ‘Battle Cries and Lies,’ that’s coming out this fall. I think it sounds completely different than our older albums.”
Krueger urges fans to come out and throw in their two cents about ThunderLip’s new groove. Ultimately, though, the night is just as much about regional music as it is a fund-raiser for a friend. “Zack is the kind of guy that would really do anything for you and expect nothing in return,” Krueger says.
Friday-Saturday, August 23rd-24th
Reggie’s 42nd Street Tavern
1415 S. 42nd St.
8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
$8/night; $12/both nights