OAKLAND (CBS SF) — With the massive blow the Bay Area artistic community has suffered from the deadly Oakland warehouse fire, artists and musicians have been channeling their emotions into benefits to help the fire victims.
Since last Tuesday night, there have been a number of fundraising concerts and art openings held in San Francisco, Oakland and elsewhere.
Three benefit concerts are planned Friday night. In San Francisco, The Easies are playing along with a number of other acts at mission district nightclub amnesia starting at 9 p.m.
The DNA Lounge is hosting another benefit headlined by local industrial act The Vile Augury at 8 p.m.
Earlier Friday, Joshua James Jackson and others will be performing at Santa Rosa’s Arlene Francis Center starting at 6:30 p.m.
On Thursday, Another Planet Entertainment announced a new benefit concert called Oakland United aimed at raising funds to help the victims of last week’s Ghost Ship fire.
The concert, billed as “A Night of Music and Stories” is scheduled to happen at the Fox Theater next Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.
The acts set to perform span a wide range of Bay Area artists. Everything from hip hop (Boots Riley from political firebrands The Coup and local hip-hop crew Hieroglyphics including Del the Funky Homosapien, Pep Love, Casual and all four members of Souls of Mischief) to electronic music (SF multi-media artist Christopher Willits, songwriter and electronic musician Dan Deacon, Beats Antique side project Sidecar Tommy and atmospheric beatsmith Tycho) to alternative and indie rock (local alt-rock heroes Primus, East Bay band Rogue Wave, San Francisco dance-rockers Geographer, rising SF tunesmith Jay Som, renowned songwriter Thao Nguyen and Merill Gerbus’ experimental outfit tUnE-yArDs) will be represented.
More performers will be announced, according to Another Planet Entertainment. Journalist and East Bay Express music editor Sam Lefebvre and KQED online arts editor Gabe Meline are also scheduled to speak at the concert.
The event will be hosted by Josette Melchor of the Gray Area Foundation For The Arts (the non-profit group that started the crowd-sourced YouCaring.com fundraiser that has collected over $500,000 in less than a week. The organization is working with the Oakland Mayor’s Office, the Red Cross as well as local arts institutions to see that the immediate needs of fire victims are being met.
Tickets for the concert went on sale on Friday at 12 p.m. via Ticketmaster.com. The tickets range in price from $35 for reserved balcony seats to $49.50 for general admission floor tickets and 100 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Gray Area Oakland Fire Relief Fund. Those purchasing tickets will have an option to donate additional funds when buying tickets.
Here are some other benefits being held elsewhere in the Bay Area in the coming weeks.
SANTA ROSA — Arlene Francis Center, 6:30 p.m. — Performances by Joshua James Jackson, Attacrobat, Horders and Living in the 90’s
SAN FRANCISCO — Amnesia, 853 Valencia St, 9 p.m. — Performances by Hot Flash Heat Wave, The Tambo Rays, The Easies
SAN FRANCISCO — DNA Lounge, 375 11th St, 8 p.m. — Performance by The Vile Augury
SAN FRANCISCO — Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St, 6 p.m. — Performances by Creepers, Religious Girls and Weed Alien.
SAN FRANCISCO — Mezzanine, 444 Jessie Street, 8 p.m. — Performances by Moby, Lights Down Low’s Richie Panic and DJ CZ
SAN FRANCISCO — Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St, 8:30 p.m. — Performances by The Atom Age, Down and Outlaws, Half Stack.
OAKLAND — The Octopus Literary Salon, 1 Webster St @ 22nd, 9:30 p.m. — Performances by Maddy Tasquin + Rose Steffy
BERKELEY — The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave, 9 p.m. — Performances by The Atom Age and Dirty Denim
OAKLAND — The Night Light, 311 Broadway, 8 p.m. — Performances by Mall Walk, B Hamilton, Brasil and others
OAKLAND — Eli’s Mile High Club, 3629 Martin Luther King Jr Way, 8 p.m. — Performances from Zack Bateman and the Coal Minds, Blatherskite, Toxic Shock Syndrome and others.
OAKLAND — Birdland, 4318 Martin Luther King Jr. Way (at 43rd Street), 7 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave, 8 p.m. — Performances by Kendra McKinley and Emily Afton