The Maine-based band Random Ideas will be putting on a live-streaming concert for LGBTQ+ youth and youth allies this May sponsored by OUT Maine. The concert is part of OUT Maine’s Virtual Rainbow Ball.
Random Ideas was birthed on June 5, 1998 by three triplet sisters who all had an instinctual desire to be musicians from an early age. By the age of twelve, they made music in their shared bedroom and now in their practice space.
This punk rock band has taken their passion for music and human rights/social issues to write powerful music, according to OUT, in a news release. They’ve played at the Pride Portland Festival, Port City Music Hall, Punk Island in New York, Maine Civil Rights Conference at the Augusta Civic Center, Badass Women Who Rock concert series, won MAMM SLAM, played on 207, a program that highlights musicians in Maine, and got third in Maine’s Got Talent.
They have also been featured in Down East Magazine, and recently the Portland Press Herald. They’ve released their album We Met In The Womb. They hope that their music can help and bring people together, particularly in these challenging times, according to OUT.
OUT Maine is launching Virtual Rainbow Ball as an alternative to its Rainbow Ball Weekend, a statewide event of educational and social programming for LGBTQ+ youth and youth allies at Camp Wavus. The in-person event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Random Ideas was originally booked to play at the safe prom – the closing event of the three-day weekend.
“The trio is excited to offer an alternative online concert for the youth, who are all stuck at home as Mainers practice social distancing,” said OUT.
In addition to the online concert, there will also be an online talent show as part of the Virtual Rainbow Ball.
The Virtual Rainbow Ball, as well as daily online youth programming, are all free for Maine youth. OUT Maine has virtual programs developed for different age groups, ranging from 11 to 22, including writing and photography workshops, as well as classes about health and relationships. There is even an online DnD group, according to OUT.
For more information, and to register, visit www.outmaine.org.