This weekend, a beloved Savannah bar is going all-out for a good cause.
For the second year in a row, Congress Street institution The Rail Pub will host Railapalooza, a day-long festival of local music and fundraising.
The Rail’s Sean Moloney is determined to beat last year’s fundraising profits.
“We ended up raising $6,000 last year,” he says. “My goal is $10,000 this year.”
2016’s festivities benefitted several nonprofits, including The Humane Society, Meals on Wheels, OneLove Animal Rescue, and GRRR! (Georgia Rescue, Rehabilitation, & Relocation).
This year, all funds raised will support The Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute right here in Savannah and The Ronald McDonald House.
“I lost my mom in January to cancer,” Moloney shares. “She donated her body to cancer research...that’s why I want to do it for cancer this year.”
The Anderson Cancer Institute, part of Memorial University Medical Center, provides cancer screening, diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation oncology, support services, and more. It’s also home to the only children’s cancer program in the region, and is the region’s first practice devoted exclusively to breast health and gynecologic oncology services.
The Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families with seriously ill and injured children. Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire is located within walking distance of the Children’s Hospital of Memorial Health Hospital.
Helping out locals in need and showcasing the array of musical talent Savannah has to offer is a passion of Moloney’s.
“If I can help any kind of foundation, any charity, and put local music on it—that’s how I roll,” he says. “I love doing charity music events.”
The musical talent includes several artists that regularly grace The Rail’s outdoor stage.
Matt Eckstine, formerly of The Accomplices, brings his full band to the event. His recent solo album offered a stripped-down version of his original music, but with his full band, Eckstine is ready to rock and show off his blues, jam, and Americana influences.
Anders Thomsen Trio joins in the fun, with the Damon & The Shitkickers guitarist performing his original work with rock ‘n’ roll and honky-tonk flavor.
Savannah favorites Bottles & Cans will bring their raw blues sound into the mix, and The Train Wrecks will follow with their dirty, rock-edged country.
Moloney will join Savannah singer-songwriter Cousin Itt for some songs, and his own two-piece Machine Dreams will perform.
Finally, Irish punkers In For A Penny will turn up before the night’s end.
Attendees can stay all day and enjoy The Rail’s patio in the sun or shade, cool off inside, and even nosh on some fresh poutine from The Squeaky Beaver food truck. The event also features a silent auction with prizes ranging from gym sessions to salon specials. All proceeds will directly benefit Anderson Cancer Institute and Ronald McDonald House.
Whether you’re popping in for a set and a beer or rocking out all day long, The Rail welcomes all to Railapalooza.
“Everyone at the bar can’t wait,” Moloney says with a smile. “Last year was so much fun.”