Paradise California has largely been wiped off the map by the Camp Fire, and our beloved professional musicians have lost everything. Most of them are simple renters, without insurance, and are all trying to figure out where to start starting over, having fled their homes with little more than the shirts on their backs, Working. Hundreds of working, professional musicians, our neighbors, friends, bandmates and colleagues, have lost thousands and thousands of dollars worth of the irreplaceable music equipment with they have been entertaining and sharing their love of music their communities and the world. The last thing on their mind is replacing that which is most dear to their souls right now, so Blackout Betty is partnering with music industry legends and a team of community members to play to Musical Santa Claus to those who have lost it all and get them back onstage and warm their souls by funding donations. Our sponsors, including Greg Golden's Bizarre Guitar and Guitar Center, have pledged their services, and discounts to stretch your donation dollars to get folks up and running again.
Here are a few stories:
David: He lost his home in the fire, and his studio, drums, microphones, PA gear. All his bands gigs for the foreseeable future are Cancelled!
Looking 4 Eleven: An entire professional working band, all living in Paradise. All four members lost every possession they have, and the band lost every piece of equipment to fire. No homeowners in the band, and none are insured. Their years-long career as a regional performing act is officially completely over without your help, and it is the last thing they are going to replace.
Jon: Regional professional country and rock session drummer, and drummer for Anthem. Lost his home while he was at work. He has nothing left but his clothes and his car.
Mike: Professional Progressive Rock bassist. Left his home with his family and 'three shirts.' Everything he had was inside.
The list is long.
Our band, Blackout Betty, are all still here, and uniquely able to tap the national music community to help get hundreds of pros who love entertaining with badass rock-n-roll back on their MUSICAL feet while they work on more important things. Please donate. The goal above of $40,000.00 is merely a start, and will probably help cover a less than a third of the losses involved in this tragedy. If you love music, play music, or love to rock out, put a few dollars in the pot, and help by passing the cause on loudly and vocally to all your friends and, their friends.
If you are a musician who has professional gear that you prefer to donate instead of cash, you can contact Thomas Hoy of Blackout Betty on Facebook, or email [email protected]
A team of local musicians will gather the needs of displaced musicians and ensure their needs are met. Thank you in advance for your love and support of the Camp Fire Musicians. Regular updates on the progress of this mission will be given until it is completed.