OAKLAND UNITED: A BENEFIT SUPPORTING OAKLAND FIRE RELIEF
PRIMUS, TYCHO, TUNE-YARDS, HIEROGLYPHICS, DAN DEACON AND MORE
THE FOX THEATER IN OAKLAND ON DECEMBER 14
FOR A NIGHT OF REMEMBRANCE AND COMMUNITY
Bay Area promoters, Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment, along with Paradigm Agency’s Oakland office are organizing a benefit show at the Fox Theater in Oakland on Wednesday, December 14 for the Oakland Fire Relief Effort. There will be performances and stories from musicians and journalists, all of which have connections to either the Bay Area music scene or various warehouse/DIY scenes. All proceeds for the benefit will go to the Gray Area Foundation For The Arts Oakland Fire Relief Fund.
The evening will be hosted by Josette Melchor of the Gray Area Foundation For The Arts, which started a fund shortly after the tragedy and has collected over $500,000 to date. The fund is collaborating closely with the Oakland Mayor’s Office and the Red Cross as well as getting guidance from local arts institutions. The immediate needs of fire victims will be the fund’s priority with the Red Cross as the first point of contact for allocation of the funds received from the Oakland Sports Teams funds. Gray Area will be second point of contact after that and are working on a system for intake. When the immediate needs of families are resolved, Gray Area will be turning their attention to longer-term issues of safety and resilience across the larger creative community, applying efforts to ensure this tragedy is not repeated.
“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.”
OAKLAND UNITED – LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS:
Boots Riley (The Coup)
Gabe Meline (KQED)
Josette Melchor (Gray Area)
Sam Lefebvre (Pitchfork/East Bay Express)
Sidecar Tommy (Beats Antique)
* and many more to be announced
The official hashtag for this special event is #OaklandUnited. Artwork was created by ISO50/Tycho.