MUSCATINE, Iowa–Though On the Wall band member Dave Bender may describe the group’s style as eclectic, their desire to help the community with their music has never wavered. Since forming in 2006, the On the Wall Band has played in support of many good causes, including the Amy Meyer Cancer Ride, Senior Resources, and Over the Edge. Now, after a hiatus brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the band has started getting back together and has their first benefit concert of the year lined up to support the Salvation Army of Muscatine County.
Even in the early days of the pandemic when the On the Wall Band had put holding live performances on hold, Bender knew he wanted to do something to help the Salvation Army keep their food pantry full. For years, Bender had regarded the Salvation Army highly for the assistance they gave his colleague who, while serving in the military, needed assistance to get home and attend his mother’s funeral.
When he saw how vital a role their food pantry played in keeping people fed during the pandemic, he knew the time had come to support their mission with a benefit concert. “No one in Muscatine should go to bed hungry,” stressed Bender. “If this provides them with some higher quality of life, it’s well worth the effort.”
With that goal in mind, the On the Wall Band started planning a concert for June 17 at 5:30 p.m. at Skinny’s Barbeque, located at 208 West Second Street, Muscatine. Anyone may attend the concert for free. Lieutenant Greg Bock will also make an appearance at the concert and have a free will donation jar with him for anyone who wants to help the Salvation Army’s food pantry.
Throughout the summer, as the On the Wall Band gets back into its stride, Bender plans to hold additional benefit concerts for the Salvation Army at Bridgeside Links and the American Legion. The band will share additional details about these concerts as they finalize them.