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Celebrating a Bright Light of the Cincy Scene, March 29 at The Comet

What was meant to be a fundraiser for trans youth in the Cincinnati area has now become a memorial for a beloved local activist, musician, and luminary within the Cincinnati DIY music scene.


Earlier this month, Ty Holiday, bassist for prog outfit Anaphaunt, who also worked tirelessly as a show organizer in town, passed away. She was involved in countless local projects, including Heist, Stone & Snow, Chantelle & The Digs, and others, and she was the co-organizer for the original show scheduled for March 29 at The Comet. At the request of her loved ones, the show will go on, and act as a memorial to a shining light in the Cincy scene.

Now a combination of benefit and memorial, Transform will take place at The Comet on Friday, March 29. Donations are encouraged, but not required, with all proceeds going to the local nonprofit Transform Cincy. Founded in 2019, Transform Cincy works with “transgender and gender non-conforming youth to provide free wardrobes with everything they need head to toe.”

Ty was a co-organizer, and her band Anaphaunt was originally scheduled to headline the event. Time has now been set aside at the end of the night to reflect and to remember Ty. Electronica artist Kelly Eryn will be performing a solo set to start the night off, with noise punks Bug Juice, emo punks Pickle Bucket, and experimental rock duo The Ganzfelds rounding out the night. All of the groups performing feature trans and gender-nonconforming members.

As the evening progresses, attendees will hear from community members speaking to the importance of Transform’s mission, as well as sharing their own experiences as trans people living in Cincinnati and the world at large.

In partnership with Burrito Boys Booking, Transform - A Benefit and Memorial for Ty Holiday is an all-ages event and admission is donation based.