The fourth annual Railapalooza music festival at the Rail Pub is raising money for big dogs with the help of Little Ozzy.
Railapalooza is a charitable event that was created by The Rail Pub’s bartender and events manager Sean Moloney. “I book all of the bands and if I can incorporate a charity with rock ’n’ roll that’s always fun,” said Moloney. “Every year it’s gotten bigger.”
In past events, Railapalooza has raised money for the Ronald McDonald House and breast and bone cancer (Moloney’s mother passed away from bone cancer several years ago). Last year, Railapalooza raised $10,000 for the Humane Society. This year, Railapalooza is going straight to the dogs.
“It’s always for charity and this year it’s for animals,” explained Moloney. Recipients include the Georgia Canine Foundation which helps ex-military and police dogs, and the SG Gunner Foundation which uses service dogs to help children with special needs. The festival also benefits Dames for Danes. “It’s out of Tennessee,” explained Moloney. “It’s a Great Dane foundation. John, our GM, he has three of them. He got two of his Great Danes from them. He’s got a full house and goes through a lot of dog food, but big or small dogs need homes.”
The line-up for Railapalooza features local acts Magic Rocks, who play ’60s, ’70s and ’80s covers, The Anders Thomsen Trio, and Ember City, who play “modern alt-rock wrapped in a ’90s fur coat.”
Moloney has performed in the festival with different bands over the years, but is sitting this one out. To make up for it, Moloney booked Railapalooza’s first nationally touring act. “Little Ozzy has played all over the world, actually,” said Moloney. “He calls himself the ‘pint-sized prince of darkness.’”
Little Ozzy has performed on “America’s Got Talent” where he won over judge Sharon Osbourne with a rendition of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Mama, I’m Coming Home.” He has since performed at OzzFest and has the blessing of the actual Prince of Darkness. He may be only 4 foot 8 inches tall, but Little Ozzy, and his tight band, are no joke. They may be the most accurate sounding Ozzy tribute band in the world and are the next best thing to seeing Black Sabbath for real.
Railapalooza is taking place outside, but Moloney has purchased a huge tent to make sure that the event can happen rain or shine. On top of the many great music acts, there will be a hotdog eating contest and a silent auction. Past auctions have included hotel stays, guitars, golf clubs, and other fabulous items. “Beer reps and liquor reps donate a lot of cool stuff,” said Moloney. “One thing I’m going to bid on is a Wild Turkey fire pit.”
Moloney and company hope that this will be the best Railapalooza, yet. “We’ve been planning this since April,” said Moloney. “Once St. Pat’s is out of the way for downtown madness, we get started on this... This year we’ve been trying to get all of the press, everyone at the Rail is involved. Our goal is $12,000.”
Doors open at 3 p.m. with bands playing at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. and Little Ozzy from 8 to 10 p.m.