Several shows benefit victims of the fire |

Several shows benefit victims of the fire

Tim Parsons
East Africa's DJ Gibram will play a benefit for Angora fire victims Friday, July 20 at the Tahoe Underground. Blue Turtle Seduction plays the same venue for the same cause on July 29 and 30.

If there’s one thing we all know, it’s that the musical community spells generosity — even in Swahili.

Tahoe Underground is the location for three upcoming Angora fire-victim benefits. East Africa’s DJ Gibram performs Friday, July 20 and Blue Turtle Seduction plays on July 29 and 30.

Off the hill on Sunday, June 22, the Cozmic Cafe in Placerville will have a fundraiser featuring three bands, two of them coming from South Lake Tahoe.

After East Africa’s DJ Gibram heard of the Angora fire he scheduled the Underground show in between dates in Las Vegas and Seattle, at the tail end of his 10-week United States tour.

“Gibram said he wanted to donate his time and I think that’s way cool,” said Tahoe Underground owner Chris Hammett.

The $3 cover charge will go to benefit the Lake Tahoe Angora Fire Fund.

Gibram Mwandigha has been the house DJ for 10 years for Mamba Disco in Mombasa, Kenya, The Safari Club on the island of Zanzibar Tanzania, and Gazebo Club in Nairobi Kenya. He has also performed with some to the biggest performers in East African hip-hop such as Nameless, Deux Vultures, Nonini and Juakali.

DJ Gibram’s forte is getting the crowd moving with the African rhythms of Lingala, Sokouss, Ndombolo, Kwaito, bongo, reggae and East African hip-hop.

South Lake Tahoe-based Blue Turtle Seduction, which will play about 200 concerts this year, added the shows on Monday. None of the band members lost their homes in the fire because they pretty much live on their veggie-oil powered tour bus.

“The fire effected everyone,” said Tahoe BTS manager Justin Yates. “We just want to do what we can do — which is play music — to help out.”

Yates said the money raised would likely go through the organization Tahoe Businesses Who Care.

Tahoe Underground also was the site fundraiser for fire victims a couple of weeks ago. The bands were Cool Black Kettle, Black Suit Band and members of Shameus. Nearly $1,000 was raised.

Hammett said raffles will be held throughout the summer for further contributions.

From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Chris Cole’s Cozmic Cafe will feature three bands, South Lake Tahoe’s Ten Cent Lure and Grand 58 and El Dorado Hill’s Jackson Road. She said 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the fire fund.

“I think everybody down here felt horrible seeing the smoke and wondering what was going on, hoping the fire was not out of control,” Cole said. “It makes your heart break and it makes you feel helpless. We serve a lot of people who are going to and coming from Tahoe so I feel really connected to Tahoe.”

Last week a show at Whiskey Dick’s Saloon raised what is expected to be well over $1,000.

Former South Lake Tahoe residents Justin and Ian Price organized the Rise and Rebuild Angora Relief Show.

“We had a really good crowd,” Justin Price said. “It was a good mix of a lot of family and friends and people who had read about the show (in Lake Tahoe Action.)”

Price said $700 of the gate will go to the South Lake Tahoe Angora Fire Fund. He said T-shirt sales at the event and on the Internet should raise the total to more than $1,200.

The shirts are available at http://www.myspace/goldstarincorporated.

The music was donated by Native Root, Volkab Kompany and Gauge Gully and Skills which included former South Shore residents Robbie Gallo and Tyler Demeola.

A week earlier MoosaPaloosa raised $5,000 at the South Lake Tahoe Moose Lodge No. 1632.

The bands were Martin and Vargas with Friends, Grand 58, Ten Cent Lure and Doug Schwartz with Friends.

“The music was awesome and the band members had an absolute blast,” said Rus Wilson of the Moose Lodge. “I thanked everyone of them afterward and they all said they really wanted to do this.”

On Friday afternoon, July 20, the Great Outdoor Clothing Company will conduct a drawing at its story at the “Y.” The winner, who must be a fire victim, will receive a $1,000 “shopping spree,” according to marketing agent Erik Anderson. For details, call (775) 832-9100, ext. 103.

To publicize more fundraising shows, please call the Lake Tahoe Action news desk at (530) 542-8033.

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