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Dora Lewis

Benefit Show @ Rock City Studios

Benefit Show @ Rock City Studios

On Friday night, Rock City Studios threw a benefit concert to support local victims from the Route 91 Concert shooting in Las Vegas. 100% of the proceeds made went to the victims, including ticket sales and the silent auction.

Walking into the show, there were tables lined with dozens of donated items up for silent auction. Included in these items were an autographed Linkin Park guitar and drumhead, autographed Tony Hawk skateboard, and several certificates for different kinds of music lessons offered at Rock City Studios. People bid on these items before the show, and in between sets.

Playing in the show were local bands No Advisory, Once a Wolf, and Dirty Rice. No Advisory’s punk sound opened up and they had an audience member go around the pit with the donation jar. By the time the jar made it back to the stage, many more donations had been collected—so shout out to No Advisory for being awesome. They played songs like “Bushwacked,” “Where Have All the Punkers Gone?” and a more serious song, “The Occupant.”

After the first set, people went around to make or check on their silent auction bids, while the next band set up. Once a Wolf took to the stage with their new song (which has an accompanying video), “Follow Me.” In addition, they covered Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and gave out free hugs and wristbands to their original song, “Young Hearts.”

Audience members now has one last chance to bid on silent auction items, while the final band got ready to play. Dirty Rice, who recently won “Artist of the Year” at the Ventura County Music Awards, played Bob Marley’s “Jammin” and “Stir it Up,” as well as original songs “Number 1” and “Groove with Me.” Their fun, reggae sound brought an enjoyable close to the evening. Upon the end of the set, people collected the items they had won and gave final donations.

HUGE thank you to everyone who turned up, and to paraphrase Dirty Rice’s quote, sometimes we can’t go around things, can’t go over, can’t go under, so we must go through them. It was truly inspiring to see such a large group of people who came together to help however they could. Also, thank you to Rock City Studios for hosting this event and generously donating all of their proceeds to these families.