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Hip-hop will help Angora fire victims

Tim Parsons
Vokab Kompany is Bebe Kidwell, left, and South Shore native Robbie Gallo.
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The Angora fire is a tough reason for a homecoming. It’s also reason for a party.

Artists with ties to Tahoe will perform Friday, July 13 at Whiskey Dick’s Saloon for the Rise and Rebuild Angora Relief Show.

Fifty percent of the cover charge and 100 percent of the T-shirt and CD sales will go to the Angora Fire Fund through U.S. Bank. The cover charge is $10.

San Diego bands Native Root and Vokab Kompany will perform along with the Sacramento underground rappers Skills and Gauge Gully, who is better known in these parts as Tyler Demeola, a former South Shore resident.

“My father and brother were evacuated but his house is OK, but I think the house I grew up off Cayuga Street burned down,” Demeola said. “I know so many people in Tahoe, it was just crazy to hear about the fire. I am just glad to be a part of something to help give back.”

Robbie Gallo of Vokab Kompany watched news reports about the fire from San Diego and tried to contact family members.

“It gave me a feeling of helplessness,” Gallo said. “It was super hard to get a hold of anybody. … We were just there a week earlier for my brother’s graduation. Knowing that area where we were just driving through is gone is pretty sad.”

The event will be promoted by Goldstar Ventures, a Sacramento company owned by Justin and Ian Price, a pair of South Tahoe High School graduates. Goldstar is starting a record label and also has a line of fashion.

“I was awestruck and horrified at the same time,” Justin said about the fire.

Price said his first reaction was to cancel the show, which had already been booked. But he and the other organizers decided the show should go on as a fundraiser.

“We’ve done fairly well in our lives and I attribute that to the principles we learned growing up in Tahoe,” Price said.

Gallo is a 1998 South Tahoe High graduate. His musical talent was realized when he won a 2001 rap battle at Rojos. He’s been writing and being an MC ever since.

In 2004 Gallo, whose stage name is Rob Hurt, teamed up with Bebe Kidwell, aka Buck. Vokab Kompany’s debut album, “Liquid Language” was released this week. The sound is electric-funk hip-hop.

Gallo will join another former Tahoe resident Matt Burke of Native Root for some songs Friday.

“Native Root has a more grass roots, hip-hop funky kind of sound,” Gallo said. “Mike and I have about six songs we’ve made together. Whenever we have the opportunity to play together we do. We have a good mix.”

Native Root is a six-piece band which has a horn section and a B3 organ. It has toured in eight Western states.

Demeola will be making his second appearance at Whiskey Dick’s.

“He’s a local kid making a name for himself,” Price said. “He’s extremely entertaining. The last time he was at Whiskey Dick’s he had better crowd participation than the headliner.”

The show will be filmed for a DVD which will be sold online with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Angora Fire Fund, Price said. The Web address is myspace.com/goldstarincorporated.

“Hopefully we can raise some money and get it to people who really need it,” Gallo said.


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