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Music, Dance, Spoken Word and More for Camp Fire Victims at Great American Music Hall

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Camp Fire Benefit
Great American Music Hall
December 19, 2018

Photos by Jill Gerstenberger

The Bay Area music and artist community came together before the holidays to raise money to benefit the victims of the Camp Fire in Butte County at the Great American Music Hall. Organizer Daniel James Burke, of the band Flannel, was directly affected by the fire when his mother, father, and brother lost their homes on November 8th and he decided he wanted to do something to help. Other organizers were Rob Ready and PianoFight, Tricycle Records, and Slim’s. The show was a mix of bands, spoken word, drag, and burlesque that was truly a San Francisco style event. Jim Burke – Daniel Burke’s father was a guest of honor who lost his house in the fire. The other guests of honor were Connor and Melissa Hartley – Connor is an SFPD firefighter who volunteered to help out in Butte.

Californicorns

Openers Californicorns played a short funky set complete with a horn section that got the crowd going. Local band The Y Axes performed a pop set and singer Alexi Belchere was electric and super fun to watch as she ran around the stage and did jumps off the drum riser. There were a couple great spoken word performances by Joanna Blance Lioce and Brianna Bohnett that were hilarious and touched on life in San Francisco.

Magic Trick

Then Magic Trick played a soulful short set before Andrew St. James got the crowd fired up by jumping off stage and playing guitar in the audience. Drag star Elsa Touche sang a fun duet with Dusty Porn that added some sparkle and glamour to the evening followed by burlesque dancer Dottie Lux who titillated the audience with her bright yellow feather fans and false lashes. The Butlers performed a fiery set of 70s covers that had the crowd dancing and singing along, proving that they’re still one of the best cover bands out there.

Flannel

Fans that stuck it out to the end of the evening were treated to a set by Flannel, a 90s alternative and grunge tribute band which did a fantastic cover of the Alanis Morrissette song ”You Oughta Know” that we’re still thinking about. It turned out to be a really fun evening for a great cause and the Bay Area music and arts community really shined with their talents and generosity. Over $6300 was raised for the Arc of Butte County and the North Valley Community Foundation at this event thanks to the SF music community.

Here’s a slideshow with more photos of the event by Jill Gerstenberger:

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Find out more about Californicorns here. 

Check out The Y Axes on Facebook.

More about Magic Trick Band is here.

Get more info on Andrew St. James on his website.

Elsa Touche is on Facebook here. 

All the info on Dottie Lux is on her website.

Check out The Butlers here.

More about Flannel is on their website. 

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About Author

Jill has been involved with the San Francisco Bay Area music scene since the mid 80's when Metallica and Exodus were playing Ruthie's Inn and the hair and metal bands had taken over Broadway at The Stone and the Mab. She remembers seeing Smashing Pumpkins and Jane's Addiction at the I-Beam and being at Bill Graham's annual Grateful Dead shows at the Civic. She has done a variety of jobs from usher, event coordinator, stagehand, sound engineer, PR and even spent a year interning for the Giants and 49ers television crew. She currently does finance during the day but her lifelong passion is photography and photographing live music in particular. When she's not working or out taking photos at shows she spends time with her dogs who she adores.

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