Yesterday, a report surfaced that a concert would be held at AT&T Park in San Francisco to support victims of the North Bay firestorm. Today, Bay Area business and community leaders have come together to announce the Band Together Bay Area benefit concert and coalition.
Three acts from three very different sides of the music world are the first confirmed for the Thursday, November 9th concert. Bay Area metal legends Metallica will play as will DMB frontman Dave Matthews and Oakland rapper/producer G-Eazy. Other artists are expected to be announced in the coming days. The show will be underwritten by sponsors, with 100% of ticket sales going to the Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund. Live music heavyweights Live Nation and Another Planet Entertainment are teaming up to help produce and manage the concerts. In fitting fashion, “The best seats in the house will be donated to first responders, volunteers and families impacted by the firestorm.”
“For 34 years, Metallica has flown the flag for the Bay Area all over the world. The recent tragic events up in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties have left us all saddened. We’re here to help as much as we can, and this concert on November 9 is one small way we can do that,” said Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. “Sometimes you just need to stop and do something meaningful. This is one of those times. We are one community and together we act as one,” added Gregg Perloff, CEO of Another Planet Entertainment.
Tickets go on sale Friday, October 27 at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster.
Here’s more information of Band Together Bay Area:
In response to the North Bay firestorm— the most destructive and deadliest firestorm disaster in California history— a coalition of Bay Area business and community leaders are launching Band Together Bay Area to support the local relief and long-term recovery in the region.
To support the relief efforts, Band Together Bay Area has raised an initial $6.5 million from partners and founding sponsors, including Kaiser Permanente, Marc and Lynne Benioff, Salesforce, Google, Jeff and Erica Lawson, Twilio, the San Francisco Giants, Levi Strauss Foundation, Benchmark, Ron Conway, Live Nation and Another Planet Entertainment.
The fires have burned an estimated 200,000 acres and 6,000 homes in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake Counties, displacing thousands of residents. Damage estimates are in the billions of dollars and rising, and the cleanup and recovery efforts will be the largest and costliest in California history.
The funds raised by Band Together Bay Area will go into an emergency relief fund established by Tipping Point Community and will be directed to the North Bay community foundations, service providers and government partners supporting the low-income communities hit hardest by the fires. The fund aims to address urgent needs, such as temporary housing, food, education and healthcare services, as well as rebuilding efforts. Beneficiaries to date include: Community Foundation Sonoma County, Napa Valley Community Foundation, the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund, Inc. as part of the North Bay Fire Relief Fund established by the Press Democrat and Senator Mike McGuire, Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa, among others.
Watch Metallica’s Lars Ulrich discuss Band Together Bay Area: