Several events will raise funds for Western Slope Honor Flight

The King’N Trio

Although it may seem like heavy metal music and World War II veterans don’t have much in common, one Mesa State College student has changed that perception.

For the second year, Kyle Davis, 25, is holding a heavy metal event called “For Those Who Have Rocked It” to raise money for Western Slope Honor Flight. Last year, the event raised $900.

“It’s the greatest generation,” Davis said of World War II veterans. “People call it that for a reason.”

The reason Davis, a heavy metal band member and promotions director at Mesa State’s radio station, KMSA, is so invested in helping Western Slope Honor Flight is because he also is a veteran.

He fought in Iraq in 2005 as part of the U.S. Army’s 17th Field Artillery Brigade before he was injured when the Humvee he was riding in was hit with an improvised explosive device, or IED. As a result of the explosion, he has dealt with seizures and hearing loss.

“I got shook up from that,” Davis said.

The first of his two scheduled fundraisers will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at VFW Post 1247, 1404 Ute Ave.

The suggested donation is $8. The show is open to all ages, and the following bands will play: Royal Talons, Murder Cafe (which is Davis’ band), Beer Death, The ImanI Experience and Sole Aggression.

His second fundraiser will be at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at Tenacious Brothers Pub, 118 S. Seventh St.

This show is only for those 21 and older and costs $5. The following bands will play: Earth Burnt Black, The New Fall of Man and Beer Death.

Davis understands why people could be apprehensive about a heavy metal fundraiser for veterans. However, VFW has been supportive of his passion to play metal music to raise money for veterans, he said.

People interested in a lighter style of music, but who would like to attend a fundraiser for Western Slope Honor Flight can catch King’N Trio’s show at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St.

King’N Trio will be joined by The Appleton Acoustical Angel Choir, a 50- member children’s choir from Appleton Elementary School.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Roper Music and Bray Real Estate. Proceeds will go to Honor Flight and the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra’s children’s programs.


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