When a disaster strikes, look for the helpers. In the wake of the most devastating and deadly wildfire in our state’s history, the Camp Fire, there has been an awe-inspiring amount of aid coming in from the entire Northern California community (and beyond) in the form of donations, volunteering and benefit events, not excluding the local music scene. Below is a list of just some of the many Camp Fire benefit shows and events that we were able to gather on short notice. Go to these shows if you can to help out, do your research and donate to legit outlets if you’re able, and lend a hand to those in need. Keep in mind that at this point, the most practical donations are gift cards to Target, Walmart, Safeway, Raley’s, etc., gas cards, Visa gift cards and obviously direct monetary donations are great, too. There seems to be an abundance of other goods, like clothes and such. Stay strong folks in and around Paradise and Chico! We’re here for you.
Wednesday, Nov. 21 at Miners Foundry Cultural Center (325 Spring St., Nevada City) there will be a Camp Fire Benefit Jam featuring a family friendly hip-hop party with Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, along with Simrit and Friends, Boca Do Rio and many others. Plus food, a full service bar, silent auction and more. Starts at 3:30 p.m. and runs late.
Saturday, Nov. 24 at The River’s Edge Pub (1 E. 12th St., Marysville) local bands The Austin Mo Xperience and On the Fly are throwing a benefit show, where for $10 you’ll get entry to the party and food. Starts at 8 p.m., 21-plus, free pool and air hockey!
Saturday, Nov. 24 at The Tackle Box (379 E. Park Ave., Chico) the band Decades is throwing their annual Thanksgiving show and are donating $5 from every ticket sold. Starts at 7:30 p.m., 21-plus.
Sunday, Nov. 25 at The Torch Club (904 15th St., Sacramento) check out Helping Hands, an all-day music festival benefitting two specific Paradise families in great need, The Harper’s and The Cleary’s. Enjoy tunes from Joe Lev and Friends, Loose Engines, The Nibblers, Mind X and more, plus food and raffles. Starts at 3 p.m., 21-plus. $20 donation to get in.
Sunday, Nov. 25 at Berryessa Brewing Co. (27260 State Highway 128, Winters) join the community of Winters as they raise funds for our neighbors while jamming out to the sounds of Muddy Waders. Be sure to kick back a few pints of Thirst Responders Ale, all proceeds from which go to North Valley Community Fund’s Camp Fire relief. Starts at noon.
Friday, Nov. 30 at the El Rey Theater (230 W. Second St., Chico) check out Family Jam: A Shasta Fire Benefit with live music from The Mother Hips and Achilles Wheel. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. All ages, doors open at 7 p.m. (Please note this particular show is benefitting families impacted by the Carr Fire in Redding, who deserve just as much love and help).
Saturday, Dec. 1 at The Stag Bar (506 Main St., Woodland) hit up Stomp the Fire! A Benefit for the Camp Fire Victims feat. performances from The Martin and Monroe Show, The Cash Prophets (a tribute to Johnny Cash), Kyle Rowland and others. No cover, but be sure to bring donations! Event runs noon to 7 p.m., 21-plus.
Sunday, Dec. 2 the folks from Drake’s: The Barn (985 Riverfront St, West Sacramento) and HOF are throwing a massive Camp Fire benefit concert featuring Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers, The Philharmonik, JMSEY, Basi Vibe and others. Plus food trucks, art raffles, and plenty of beers. Tickets are $20 and all sales go to the cause! Event runs from noon to 9 p.m. Check out Eventbrite.com to purchase tickets in advance.
Sunday, Dec. 2 back at the El Rey Theater (230 W. Second St., Chico) the band Decades is part of another awesome benefit event along with the 20-plus member choir Doing It Justice, made up of singers from Chico and Paradise. Show will begin at 4 p.m., $20 donation at the door, but you won’t be turned away if you can’t donate that much! Proceeds benefit not only Camp Fire aid, but also local nonprofit Safe Space, who partner with churches in the Chico community to serve upwards of 50–60 people per night during the coldest winter months.
Monday, Dec. 3 at Harlow’s (2708 J St., Sacramento) join Swell Productions and some of the finest blues musicians in the region while they celebrate the life of the late great Lazy Lester, while supporting his spouse, Pike Kaksonen, who lost her home and all of her and Lester’s belongings in the Camp Fire. Performing will be Rick Estrin, Lee Oskar, Mark Hummel, Rusty Zinn, Red’s Blues and many others. Doors at 5:30 p.m., $20 advance, $25 day of show, all ages welcome.
Monday, Dec. 10 the team from Miners Foundry Cultural Center (325 Spring St., Nevada City) and The Center for the Arts are holding Come Together: A Camp Fire Benefit Concert with live music from Achilles Wheel, Earles of Newtown, Lolo Gervais R&B Revue and More. $20 suggested donation, doors open at 5 p.m. Check out Thecenterforthearts.org for more info.
Friday, Dec. 14 at Blue Lamp (1400 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento) there will be a Butte County Fire Relief Benefit Show presented by Jscript Media featuring live bands like Arden Park Roots, Riotmaker, One Sharp Mind and others, plus a DJ, live art, food from BaconMania, raffles and more. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., 21-plus. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Wednesday, Dec. 19 through Friday, Dec. 21 we go back again to El Rey Theater (230 W. Second St., Chico) for three nights in a row of benefit shows featuring 20 local artists like Pat Hull, Ryan Raynal Band, Velvet Starlings, Black Fong, Swamp Zen and others. Individual nights will be $20 in advance online, $25 at the door, or get a three night pass for $45 in advance. All ages welcome. Look up Elreychico.com to get tickets.
Thursday, Dec. 27 at The Press Club (2030 P St., Sacramento) local bands Bastards of Young, The Polyorchids, Mob Rule and Lightweight are hosting Butte Strong: A Camp Fire Benefit Concert. Starts at 8 p.m. All proceeds will go toward the North Valley Community Foundation.
We did our best with this list in the time that we had, but we more than likely missed some important benefit shows. Feel free to email us if you have something to get on our radar: firstname.lastname@example.org.
**A version of this write-up first appeared in print on page 6 of issue #279 (Nov. 21 – Dec. 5, 2018)**