This month’s Second Saturdays show at Club Spot takes place on November 9 and will be a benefit gig for the Las Lomas Primary School in Las Lomas, Peru.
Organized by World Domination, Inc. (the promotion group/label run by Jeff Moses and Trash Yang Moses from the Seoul punk act … Whatever That Means), the Second Saturdays concert series originally began back in February 2011 and was held monthly until December of that year. At that time, … Whatever That Means embarked on an American tour, and afterward Jeff and Trash stayed in the US so that Jeff could get his master’s degree. The couple resumed Second Saturdays this past June.
“If there’s one thing that sets Second Saturdays apart from other shows, it’s consistency,” says Jeff. “There are a lot of good shows in Seoul these days, but it’s kind of random where and when they pop up. Second Saturdays at Club Spot is a guarantee every month. On that night, there will always be six great punk, ska, and hardcore bands all playing together, good people to hang out with, and an hour of free cocktails to really help you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth! We always do our best to mix up the lineups every month. Seeing as how the scene isn’t very huge in Korea, that’s not always easy, but we do what we can. A lot of times that includes having out-of-town Korean bands crashing at our house for the weekend, but that’s all just part of the fun.”
The funds from this weekend’s show will be used to purchase books and other educational materials for the Las Lomas Primary School. A friend of Jeff and Trash’s is currently volunteering at the school, and after they heard about the serious lack of resources available for teachers and students there they decided to do something to try and help.
“Our friend Ryan Ihm actually came to us with the idea,” says Jeff. “Our friend Caroline Pardue left Korea a few months ago after several years of teaching here. She relocated to Peru to volunteer as the Education Coordinator for the HELP English program in Las Lomas. Her school is publicly funded, which she translates to ‘no funding,’ so the teachers and students don’t have much to work with. We decided that we’d use one of these shows to raise some money to buy as many new books for the school as we could.”
The Second Saturdays benefit gig will include performances from No. 1 Korean, … Whatever That Means, Heimlich County Gun Club, My Man Mike, Dead Buttons, and a reunited Seoul City Suicides. Seoul City Suicides parted ways back in early 2012 when drummer Raymond P Fontesque moved to New Zealand. He is visiting Korea right now, so the band will be briefly playing together again.
“Second Saturdays is always a fun night , but this month you also get the satisfaction of knowing you’re not just lining the pockets of a local club or a bunch of bands,” says Jeff. “Just by coming and having a good time, you’re helping to contribute to a school that could really use some help. But if you don’t care about that, there’s also the fact that nobody knows when you’ll get to see Seoul City Suicides again. Even if it weren’t a benefit show, that’d be enough to get me out for the night!”
Saturday’s gig starts at 10 pm and will feature No. 1 Korean, … Whatever That Means, Seoul City Suicides, Heimlich County Gun Club, My Man Mike, and Dead Buttons. Tickets cost 15,000 won and there will be free cocktails available from 11:30 pm – 12:30 am. Proceeds from the show will be donated to the Las Lomas Primary School in Las Lomas, Peru. For more information, check out the Facebook event page here.