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Recently in Oakland California, there was a tragic warehouse fire that resulted in the death of 36 people. Reported by CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND, in an attempt to assist with the necessary healing, the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts launched a fund to help the victims of the fire. So far, the fund has raised over $550,000 of the $750,000 goal and now a benefit concert has been announced to help with the relief efforts.
The Oakland United: A Benefit for the Oakland Fire Relief concert will be held on December 14th at the Fox Theater. Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment are helping organizer the event, which will feature a collection of mainly Bay Area acts like tUnE-yArDs, Tycho, Thao Nguyen of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Geographer, Primus, Rogue Wave, Hieroglyphics, Boots Riley of The Coup, and Sidecar Tommy of Beats Antique. Dan Deacon, who is not from the region but will be performing.
Tickets are available now and can be purchased on the greyarea.org website.
The announcement of the benefit show comes shortly after Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland, announced a 1.7 million dollar grant to fund the city’s affordable and safe spaces for the art community.
“It is unfortunate that it takes a tragedy to shed light on a broader situation around the need for safe venues for artists, musicians, and creatives in the Bay Area,” said Josette Melchor, Executive Director and Founder of Gray Area Foundation For The Arts. “We will continue to increase this goal as support comes in. We want this funding to stay in the community that was impacted.”