Bands raise $6,000 to help Gulf Coast |

Bands raise $6,000 to help Gulf Coast

Jeff Munson

Wes Orsolic, singer and guitarist for Raw Nature, jams during the performance. / Photos by Julie Sullivan / Tahoe Daily Tribune

It was one of those rare organic moments where the conflict was Mother Nature and human suffering. The muse has been those outside who have been touched by both.

Millions of Americans have responded to the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, with the South Shore doing its part in a big way.

In typical Tahoe time, it may have taken a few dozen minutes before the six-hour, seven-band benefit concert got under way at the American Legion Hall in South Lake Tahoe last Saturday. But once the last amplifier was plugged in, so were the hundreds who came to watch and give what they could.

In what was the first of its kind in terms of a benefit for people in need a thousand miles away, the outpouring of generosity from musicians and the South Shore community was obvious, as carloads of people streamed in and out throughout the day to take in sun, suds, seasonable temperatures and what Tahoe does best when it sets its mind to something.

Organizers of the event, Liz Broscoe of Raw Nature, Jesse Kalin of Cool Black Kettle and Louisiana native and South Shore massage therapist Danielle Chopp pulled off the fund-raiser – collecting $6,000 that will go to families of the American Legion in New Orleans and Mississippi and Second Harvest, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization.