Keeping the Angora bond alive: Benefit concert next month will help with healing, organizers say
After the Angora fire, the community pulled together like never before, and people want to keep that bond alive.
“Our community has passion, and we have to bond together to stay that way,” said Bruce Brown, co-founder of netTvbc.com.
Event organizers Brian Gouge of Think Tank Promotions, Brown and others are putting together an Angora Benefit Concert to raise money for survivors and have a great show.
“It’s a celebration to say thank you,” said Gouge, who lost his home on Coyote Ridge.
An estimated 6,000 to 8,000 people are expected to attend the event, if not more. Gouge said they’re giving tickets to Angora fire survivors, the rescue crews and all the professionals who were flown in from around the country to help out.
The concert is June 24 at the Horizon Casino Outdoor Concert Center. It also will feature a rock-climbing wall and other activities for the whole family.
Gouge said they scored the concert location because of Tom Davis, director of marketing for Horizon Casino Resort.
Davis said he heard they were struggling to find a venue, and he told them to come check out the Horizon’s parking lot.
Horizon is paying for the permit, and Davis said this concert will help the healing process.
Dennis Oliver, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency spokesman, said the organization helped fast-track the permit so event organizers could begin planning and make it in time for the one-year anniversary.
“June 24 is a special day to remember,” Oliver said, “for healing, to think of what was lost and what we have. We wanted to make sure it goes smoothly.”
Gouge and Brown agreed that everyone in the community is coming together to help make this event happen.
“We have tons of people crawling out of the woodwork,” Brown said.
A production of this magnitude normally would take a year to plan. So far, it’s been pulled together in just 21Ú2 months, Gouge said.
Headliners for the concert are Elvin Bishop and the Johnny Vernazza Band. Other bands include 2006 Grammy winner Star Nayea, Deep Fryed Mojo, Blue James Band, Cash Only Band, Trey Stone Band and Chris Seal.
With everything that’s occurred, music helps get people through it, Brown said.
“The one constant is music and entertainment: Through the worst of times, it draws people together,” Brown said.