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Singer songwriter Brianna Gaither
Singer songwriter Josh Sallee
Local folk duo O Fidelis
Local kids rock band Spaghetti Eddie will kick of the music at 5 PM.

BY KERRY MYERS

Thursday, August 9, Oklahoma City retail store, Shop Good will be hosting its third annual Mustache Bash from 5pm until midnight.  Mustache Bash is a public outdoor music festival that takes place in downtown Oklahoma City’s newly renovated Northwest 9th street, home to many new hot spots in the city:  Iguana Lounge, Pachinko Parlor and Sara Sara Cupcakes, to name a few.  The family-friendly event benefits Shop Good’s charity partner, Positive Tomorrows, a private, tuition-free elementary school for homeless children, where they are fed, clothed and given instruction by certified teachers; something every child needs and deserves.  Shop Good adopts a new local charity partner each year, and Mustache Bash is the kickoff to the new partnership.

Shop Good was established on the premise of giving back, locally and internationally by Justin and Audrey Faulk.  They purchase products for resale from non-profit organizations or benefit corporations to resource a local or international development project. Shop Good also specializes in “social justice” products, meaning that they were purchased from companies with high ethical standards. Every time a social justice product is sold, Shop Good donates five percent of the sale price to an Oklahoma City. Manager Floane Schaefer stated that the store was founded under the concept that every purchase gives back. “Our owners wished to continue giving back to charitable organizations, so each year we choose a different charity partner that benefits through the sales of our store,” said Schaefer.

Shop Good has worked with various charity partners throughout the city, one of the most recent being Sunbeam Family Services, and specifically Sunbeam’s Early Head Start Program at Emerson Alternative School.  Shop Goods new charity partner, Positive Tomorrows, also serves families who live in extreme poverty and unfortunate situations. Josh Beasley, Director of Development at Positive Tomorrows is very excited about their new partnership with Shop Good. “It’s always a great opportunity to partner with other businesses and make new friends in the community,” said Beasley. “Like any non-profit, we are always looking for different ways to connect to the community.”

According to their website, Positive Tomorrows believes that “Education is the key to ending the cycle of homelessness and poverty.” Positive Tomorrows formed in 1989 as a collaborative effort from other Oklahoma City community organizations that saw this as an important cause.  Positive Tomorrows  helps families in three ways: Removing the barriers that homeless children face in public school systems by providing them with personal care and nutrition; supporting the family by providing food, clothing, and shelter and finally, educating the homeless child and helping them learn at their own pace.

Beasley stated that Positive Tomorrows will be selling faux mustaches at the event for charity for two dollars. The awesome part: the trendy, eco-loving eyewear company Warby Parker will be matching each mustache donation. Four bucks a mustache is pretty impressive, the impression this event is going to make will be astounding.

Musicians performing at this year’s Mustache Bash include singer songwriter Brianna Gaither, rapper Jabee, singer songwriter Ben Kilgore, folk duo O Fidelis, hip-hop artist Josh Sallee and the fun rock duo Spaghetti Eddie.

Singer songwriter Brianna Gaither is honored to be a part of Shop Good’s 3rd Annual Mustache Bash.  Brianna has been performing full time since she graduated from college in 2011. Gaither expressed that she carries strong ideals and expectations for how art, music, and creativity should be used to strengthen the community, while simultaneously cultivating positive change and a growth in society.  Performing at an event that benefits an organization like Positive Tomorrows gives Gaither an opportunity to give back to Oklahoma City in her own way, “I have a great respect for the way this organization pours effort into bringing people together, opening up eyes and hearts to a positive future,” said Gaither. “We can make a difference. No one should think otherwise. I feel honored for my music to be part of that effort. “

Hip-hop artist Josh Sallee is just as excited to be taking part in such a community driven event. Sallee is not your typical hip-hop artist, but he is your typical Oklahoman. Sallee’s character is down to earth and personable, permitting him to build a large local fan base in a short amount of time.  “I want to be as genuine as possible,” said Sallee. “I think that people see that and gravitate towards anyone from their home state chasing their dreams, and finding success while doing so.” Sallee is dedicated to making his hometown a better place, and has no plans of leaving Oklahoma any time soon. “I’ve developed an incredible foundation of friends and relationships here, Oklahoma City is becoming a major player in providing (nationwide) entertainment,” said Sallee.

Folk duo O Fidelis, comprised of members Brian and Laney Gilliand (yes they’re married, so cute) has a special place in their heart for Positive Tomorrows, as they have a history of helping out with several non-profits across the metro area. “We’ve worked with Positive Tomorrows before, and I know for a fact that the work that they do makes a tremendous difference in our community,” said Brian Gilliand. “Not just in the present, but this organization is sowing seeds into our future by helping these kids.”

The members of O Fidelis have been playing together for about 4 years, and they starting writing together not long after they met. O Fidelis has been a full time project for a little over three years now, and it has been a success.  Brian and Laney are activists in giving back to the Oklahoma City community in the way of art and entertainment. “One of the coolest things to me is when local musicians have the opportunity to team up with local non-profits,” says Brian Gilliand. “We are still a relatively small community with a lot of needs. I’ve always believed that if you’ve been blessed enough to stand up on a stage to a crowd, you have some kind of responsibility to those people. We are so lucky to get to do what we do, and that would be selfish to keep all of this to ourselves. Getting the chance to use our music as an engine to bring attention to the needs of others is really important.”

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