CEDAR FALLS — A punk rock show set among the graffitied half-pipes and inclines of a skate park. Sounds like the typical cinematic representation of teenage angst — a group of rag-tag delinquents getting together to drown their anti-establishment leanings in anarchic camaraderie.
But it’s not the Hollywood cliché. It’s a real-life event for the community.
“It’s a punk show in a skate park, sure, but it’s for the whole family. It’s like a mini Sturgis Falls in its own way — lay a blanket down in the grass and enjoy the music,” said Oliver Weilein, organizer with the underground do-it-yourself music scene, Cedar Valley DIY.
Weilein’s talking about the fourth annual Fourth of July Skate Park show, hosted by CVDIY. Ten bands, from the Cedar Valley and beyond, will come together to rock out at the Cedar Falls skate park near Peet Junior High.
The all-ages show begins at 2 p.m., with a suggested donation of $7. Proceeds go to Cedar Valley Friends of the Family, a nonprofit that provides shelter, confidential services and housing assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Grassroots charitable donations are typical for CVDIY music events.
The group’s CVDIY Fest on June 3 raised $1,310 for the Iowa Department of the Blind, and Weilein said they’ve donated thousands to charities in recent years. Others include a summer camp to foster music and creative skills for female and non binary rockers called “Girls Rock Iowa City,” and the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, which helps rural Ugandans affected by the AIDS epidemic.
“We believe music shouldn’t be a profit-driven enterprise. It should be community oriented,” Weilein said.
He said the show continues to grow each year. Between 150 and 200 people attended last year, including young people active in the music scene as well as families and a few from out of state.
“A couple people came all the way from Tulsa, Okla., last year; they heard about it on the internet and made it their weekend trip,” Weilein said.
In addition to music, there will be art from local artists, a skate competition, face painting and grilling for vegan and non vegan diets.
Although it’s labeled a “punk” show, there are a variety of genres that will play. They include hardcore bands, Cedar Falls rapper Cortez King – TEZ and classic rock band The Rumours.
Carli Foxx, lead singer and guitarist for The Rumours, said they offer high energy, entertaining classic rock along the lines of KISS. They take their name from the 1977 Fleetwood Mac album.
“We’ll put on a heck of a show,” Foxx said. “And we give off some punk vibes too, so we’ll fit right in.”
Foxx said she appreciates the CVDIY scene’s inclusive nature. Like all CVDIY events, the show is labeled a “safe space.”
“We haven’t had an issue in the past, but we like to get the word out there that this is a space for anyone of any identity,” Weilein said.
Foxx, who’s been to previous skate park shows, said the CVDIY scene is different.
“Everyone’s super nice and laid back, and the skate show is really this awesome family thing,” Foxx said. “It’s almost like something you’d see in the movies.”