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A benefit jam by Tahoe bands

Jeff Munson

Clockwise from upper left, Liz Broscoe, Nicole Tran, Jesse Kalin and Danielle Chopp invite you down to the American Legion Hall parking lot for the Tahoe Benefit Concert for Katrina victims on Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune

With Hurricane Katrina benefit concerts sprouting up nationwide, three South Shore residents – two in rock ‘n’ roll bands and the other a Louisiana native – want to make sure Lake Tahoe isn’t missing a beat.

On Saturday at American Legion Post 495, Lake Tahoe’s biggest bands will take the stage in a six-hour benefit jam with all proceeds to benefit hurricane victims in Mississippi and New Orleans, including surviving families who are members of the VFW.

In a profession where bands regularly compete for gigs, the idea for a multi-band concert fund-raiser sprouted when Liz Broscoe, singer and drummer for the band Raw Nature, sent a one-sentence e-mail to KRLT morning show DJ and Improv Manager Howie Nave about wanting to do a benefit concert.

At about the same time Nave also heard from Jesse Kalin of Cool Black Kettle, who expressed interest in doing the same thing. From there, Kalin and Nave set the ball rolling, pinning down a location site and date and getting merchants to donate prizes for a raffle.

Word travels fast as South Shore massage therapist and Louisiana native Danielle Chopp was organizing her own benefit and wanted to join forces with a larger group for the undertaking. The concert idea was the perfect fit for what she was looking to do.

“It is one of those things where I wouldn’t feel good if I wasn’t doing something to help those in Louisiana and Mississippi,” Chopp said. “Being a part of this is one way that I could contribute.”

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While it’s not unusual that Tahoe bands perform benefits regularly in concerts. What is unique about Saturday’s event is hosting seven of South Shore’s most popular bands at one venue.

The lineup for the concert includes Cool Black Kettle, with special guest Aaron Hagar, Java Djembe, Mabiba, Raw Nature, Lavish Green, Shamus and Mark and Grace Wilson. Nave will serve as emcee with Alexander and Friends fromthe Fusion Magic Show at the Horizon Casino Resort. The Boys and Girls Club of South Lake Tahoe will do face painting for children.

“We’re all local musicians in town and we call compete for gigs. But when something like this comes along, you put that competitiveness aside and rally together,” said Broscoe, singer and drummer for Raw Nature and drum leader for the 15-piece West African drum band Java Djembe.

“I think it is our responsibility as musicians to do these kinds of benefits whenever we can,” she said.

What: Tahoe Benefit Concert for victims of Hurricane Katrina

When: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: American Legion Post 495, 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd. (Highway 50), across the street from Meek’s Lumber and Hardware and Red Hut.

The following items are up for auction to the highest bidder. To bid contact Liz Broscoe at (530) 307-0207 or Lizbroscoe@aol.com. The auction will close Sept. 23.

— Three days and two night stay at two condo’s here in Tahoe. Location, 3326 Pine Hill Drive and 3342 Pine hill Drive. Bids start at $300 for each condo. This is subject to availability. Expires in one year. Condos donated by the Mann family.

— Art Rodriguez is donating a seven-night stay at a five-star hotel in Cabo Mexico, The Baja Club Cascadas de Baja. The time share condo is one bedroom that sleeps four, golf and sport fishing resort. Bidding begins at $500. Time must be used soon, Oct. 13-20 and air fare is not included.

— The Beacon at Camp Richardson is offering a three-day, two-night family fun package, includes dinner for two, full-day cross country skiing or snow shoeing. The package is valued at $500.

— More than 100 items donated from South Shore merchants worth several thousand dollars will be raffled off. Raffle tickets cost $20 for 25 tickets or $1 per ticket.