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Holiday Guide #1 • 2017~ EVENTS, ENTERTAINMENT, FOOD AND More! Musical Notes in Sonoma County by Shekeyna Black • Shekeyna@AMiracleProductionAMP.com


SONOMA COUNTY, CA. ~ November traditionally evokes thoughts of T anksgiving and gathering to- gether with friends and family to cele- brate the boun- ty and to count ones blessings. T e devastat- ing wildfi re in Sonoma Coun- ty during Oc- tober spurred musicians to direct action to help out people in our commu- nity and that is indeed a blessing. Some musicians went into the evacuation shelters to perform for the displaced people while other musicians off ered up their previously booked shows to be- come benefi t concerts and still other musi- cians banded together to create fundraisers, all in the name of help- ing the victims of the Sonoma County fi re. T e day aſt er the


evacuations were or- dered, musician Buzzy Martin leaped into ac- tion and played for the people in the various temporary shelters. He expressed the need, “I was thinking if there is a person or company that would join togeth- er to bring music performances at the shelters to help bring spir- its up and move their hearts with the giſt of music.” A few days later, Elijah Barntsen with Live Music Lantern was collaborat- ing with Bryce Dow-Williamson and Isabelle Garson from Sec- ond Octave Entertainment who had implemented a system of scheduling musicians to play in the evacuation shelters. “When we heard the call for musicians to play at the evacuation shel- ters, we couldn’t wait to answer it. No power? No problem! We just showed up at the Santa Rosa Veterans Hall with the acoustic guitar, found a spot, and started playing,” explained Mel Parker. She and her husband, Jamie Parker, make up the musical duo


called, Jamie & Mel. She contin- ued, “Our audience was people who had been uprooted, many in the middle of the night, and those who had come to help them. Would they really wel- come live music? And yet, as we played, we no- ticed that people who stopped to listen, or even just walked by, got a smile on their face. Some joined in on songs they knew; others


thanked us for playing, through their protective masks. On top of that, a 92-year-old resident pulled out his harps and jammed with us! T at we could lighten anyone’s burden, if only for a few


19 and once the severity of the fi re situation was understood, the event organizers changed the focus of the benefi t for the Victims of the Sonoma County Fire. Mr. Music, (a.k.a. Jim Cor- bett) and the Love Choir quickly organized an outdoor festival at Ives Park in Sebastopol; which raised monies for those aff ected by the fi re. Many more benefi t concerts


are being planned for future dates since the recovery from the disastrous fi re will be long- term. “Play it Forward will have another student concert to raise money for our instrument drive. At this point it is a tireless eff ort to collect and distribute work- ing instruments to those lost in the fi res. We have lots of instru- ments that need repairs, strings, gig bags, electronic work, etc. T e money will go to that part of the equation. T is drive is a coalition of Music stores and the Santa Rosa Symphony called, Musical instru- ments for Sonoma Firestorm Victims,” explains Dave Silva of Play it Forward Music School in Santa Rosa. Several local musicians lost everything in the fi re, including their musical instru- ments. T e community


moments, brought us so much joy.” Midnight Sun Massive and Soul


Fuse had already been booked to play on separate nights and both bands donated all the proceeds to help folks impacted by the fi re. Redwood Cafe in Cotati already had a Hurricane Harvey Relief Concert scheduled for October


needs to stay connected in order to continue the healing process together and one way to do so is to go out to a show and enjoy the music and dance. Check out Hour of Tower on November 10 at Redwood Cafe for just such an opportunity to unite with the resilient people of Sonoma County!


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