Benefit Shows for Separated Families at The Chapel
San Francisco’s Mission-based The Chapel has announced a new series of shows taking place over the next few weeks called Keep Families Together. A portion of proceeds from every show included in the series will be going to charities working directly to provide support to the children and families that have been separated at the border recently.
“The terrible situation at our border struck a deep chord in the hearts of all of us at The Chapel,” said The Chapel owner and founder Jack Knowles. “I come from a large, close-knit family and The Chapel is a family-run business. Music is about bonding and community; therefore we think it’s particularly appropriate for us to join with these talented musicians to support the effort to reunite families.”
After The Chapel was forced to reschedule their historic 15-night residency with Bauhaus founder Peter Murphy due to prolonged complications in receiving his visa, they found themselves once again in the position of programing several weeks of shows at the very last minute. This time they have decided to use this opportunity to find a way to help a critical situation, as well as provide employment for their many staff who rely on shows occurring at The Chapel for their income and ability to reside in SF.
“We are in a unique situation, after having to unfortunately reschedule close to a month of dates with Peter Murphy because of a prolonged delay in confirmation of his visa. We now have this opportunity to turn a negative event into as much of a positive as we can and host these events,” said Fred Barnes, General Manager of The Chapel. “Many people are doing what they can to help out these vulnerable children, and the best way we can play whatever small role we can is to host shows and raise donations and allow people to make donations in that way.”
Here are some of the shows:
Friday, June 29th: Pep Love, DJ Lazyboy, Unlearn the World, Golden Age Society, 3-Headed Dragon, DJ Lex “Souls of Mischief”
Saturday, June 30th: David J (of Bauhaus, Love and Rockets) featuring Jill Tracy and Christina Stanley, DJ Dangerous Dan
Thursday, July 5th: ((folkYEAH!))) Presents Once & Future Band, The Leakers (Sonny Smith, Cass McCombs, Sami Perez (of The She’s), Ava Lynch (Sonny & The Sunsets), Meg Webb, Doug Hilsinger
Friday, July 6th: (((folkYEAH!))) Presents REVERBERATION Radio DJs
Friday, July 13th + Saturday, July 14th: 2 Historic Shows with John Zorn & Bill Laswell (first time ever playing together in San Francisco)
The Keep Families Together series will be donating to the following charities:
- KIND - (Kids In Need of Defense) protects unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone to ensure that no child appears in court without an attorney.
- RAICES – The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas
- Al Otro Lado – a bi-national organization that works to offer legal services to deportees and migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, including deportee parents whose children remain in the U.S.
- Young Center For Immigrant Children’s Rights – works to protect children from harsh immigration laws and recently announced a project specifically dedicated to helping children separated from their parents at the border.
- Border Angels – Border Angels is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice with a special focus on issues related to issues related to the US-Mexican border. Border Angels engages in community education and awareness programs that include guided trips to the desert to place water along migrant crossing routes as well as to the border to learn about the history of US-Mexico border policy and experience the border fence firsthand.
- Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project – ASAP works to prevent wrongful deportations by connecting refugee families to community support and emergency legal aid
Photo of John Zorn at The Chapel by Jonathan Pirro.