Yesterday, the Band Together: Benefit Concert For North Bay Fire Relief was announced with Metallica, Dave Matthews Band, and G-Eazy scheduled to perform. Today, the event adds Dead & Company, Raphael Saadiq, and Rancid to the mix. The event, established to help raise funds for those affected by the most destructive and deadliest firestorm disaster in California history, will take place on November 9th event at AT&T Park in San Francisco, and will be televised and streamed online.
Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge was initially slated to perform with Oteil & Friends at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on this date, however was forced to reschedule for this special event. “I must join Dead & Company to help out our brothers and sisters affected by the wildfires,” he writes in a Facebook post. “Planning is underway for a rescheduled Oteil & Friends show and all tickets and VIP meet and greet packages will be honored. Thank you for your understanding.”
Tickets for the Band Together: Benefit Concert For North Bay Fire Relief go on sale this Friday, October 27 at 10AM at BandTogetherBayArea.org and Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster will donate all processing fees to the relief effort and the best seats in the house will be donated to first responders, volunteers and families impacted by the firestorm. 100% of the ticket sales will be going to an emergency relief fund established by Tipping Point Community. The fund aims to address urgent needs, such as temporary housing, food, education and healthcare services, as well as rebuilding efforts.
To support the relief efforts, Band Together Bay Area has raised an initial $6.5 million from partners and founding sponsors, including Kaiser Permanente, Marc and Lynne Benioff, Salesforce, Google, Jeff and Erica Lawson, Twilio, the San Francisco Giants, Levi Strauss Foundation, Benchmark, Ron Conway, Live Nation and Another Planet Entertainment, according to the website.
The fires have burned an estimated 200,000 acres and 6,000 homes in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake Counties, displacing thousands of residents. Damage estimates are in the billions of dollars and rising, and the cleanup and recovery efforts will be the largest and costliest in California history.
The funds raised by Band Together Bay Area will go into an emergency relief fund established by Tipping Point Community and will be directed to the North Bay community foundations, service providers and government partners supporting the low-income communities hit hardest by the fires. The fund aims to address urgent needs, such as temporary housing, food, education and healthcare services, as well as rebuilding efforts. Beneficiaries to date include: Community Foundation Sonoma County, Napa Valley Community Foundation, the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund, Inc. as part of the North Bay Fire Relief Fund established by the Press Democrat and Senator Mike McGuire, Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa, among others.