Showing the Placer love: Musicians aid Auburn's 49 Fire victims

Benefit set for Saturday at Library Garden Amphitheater
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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More musicians are stepping up this Saturday to play a benefit for 49 Fire victims. The 49 Fire Benefit Concert comes on the heels of last Sunday’s Benefit in the Park, which raised in excess of $6,500 for the Auburn Disaster Relief Fund. Saturday’s benefit on the expansive lawn at Auburn’s Library Garden Amphitheater has a target of at least $10,000, said co-coordinator Travis Wright of Speak With Love. While the Regional Park benefit last Sunday offered six local bands, the 49 Fire Benefit Concert ups the ante with at least 14 acts taking the amphitheater stage between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Donations given at Saturday’s free concert, as well as proceeds from apparel, food and beverage sales, and a silent auction, will be given to the Red Cross and Salvation Army. Speak With Love is a new Auburn enterprise co-founded by Wright, a Bear River High School and University of Southern California grad, which combines a Web presence with concert promotions, in-house apparel designs and sales, and a social-consciousness component that spurs it to donate to causes like feeding homeless children in Las Vegas. Wright said the needs of fire victims gave Speak With Love the opportunity to reach out to the local community. Working with Renee Berg of Sky Dog Entertainment and Ralph Burnett of Bluebird Productions, they assembled a musical lineup that Wright says goes beyond Speak With Love’s audience of 16- to 25-year-olds. That will mean a hip-hop artist from Sacramento could be following a jazz band from Roseville, or a Christian school choir could bump up against an alternative band. “The music is going to be family friendly,” Wright said. “The goal is to create and uplifting, positive day.” Auburn surf band The Pyronauts will close the show, and they’ll be preceded by a prayer over the event, the city and fire victims by Bayside Auburn Church youth and young-adult pastor Eric Joppa. Speak With Love is about six months old and bases its focus on actions speaking louder than words, Wright said. “The faith community has been awesome supporting us,” Wright said. “But we also have atheists support us because they love what we do.” Burnett, who will also be performing with the Analog Jazz group, said Bayside – a newly established church in Auburn – was brought in to provide a tax-deductible structure for the benefit. Berg’s home was in a subdivision that barely escaped the onslaught of the blaze, he said. “The fire stopped at her house,” Burnett said. The possibility of a benefit started to evolve immediately after the fire, he said. There was never any rivalry with organizers of last Sunday’s benefit as both groups worked to put on events that would raise money for victims of the Aug. 30 fire, Burnett said. ------------------------- 49 Fire Benefit Concert When: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Library Garden Amphitheater, 350 Nevada St., Auburn Performers: Jon White, Shay Dillon Band, Erik Smith, The Music Room, Foxtrot Mary, Rhythm Riders, The Pyronauts, Private Criminals, Six Steps, Grayson Kessenich, Mildrid, Forest Lake Christian School Choir, Analog Jazz, Dave Chaddock, Damian Horne Event sponsors: Sky Dog Entertainment, Blue Bird Productions, Bayside Auburn Church, Superfast Copy, Starbucks Coffee, Jamba Juice, Round Table Pizza, American Red Cross, Salvation Army