Oct 26, 2017 • 7:40 am PDT
Oteil Burbridge will indeed play bass with Dead & Company, as the bassist has just announced the cancellation of an Oteil & Friends show at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Burbridge’s note also revealed the benefit concert will be televised and streamed online. “We are sincerely sorry to have to cancel the Oteil & Friends show in NYC on Nov. 9th at Le Poisson Rouge, but I must join Dead & Company to help out our brothers and sisters affected by the wildfires. We are going to be part of a massive benefit concert called ‘Band Together Bay Area’ in San Francisco’s AT&T Park that will be televised and streamed online. Planning is underway for a rescheduled Oteil & Friends show and all tickets and VIP meet and greet packages will be honored. Thank you for your understanding,” reads a note from Oteil.
As reported, the Band Together Bay Area concert will raise funds for victims of the destructive North Bay firestorm. Yesterday, the initial lineup for the November 9th event at AT&T Park in San Francisco was revealed. Today, more acts have been added to the extremely diverse bill including Dead & Company.
Dead & Company featuring Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge join Raphael Saadiq and Rancid on a lineup that already included Metallica, Dave Matthews and G-Eazy. All artists outside of Matthews have strong Bay Area roots. Burbridge does have a tour closer in NYC on the books for November 9. JamBase has reached out to reps to find out who will play bass with Dead & Company at Band Together Bay Area (Update: Oteil is in).
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: