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Hard Working Americans, Moonalice, Dead Winter Carpenters Play HUMANITY RISING — A Butte Fire Benefit on Sat, Dec 19, 2015 at Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Angels Camp, CA

Family Friendly, 3 stages in 3 buildings, Dinner and Silent Auction
1pm to Midnight

Tickets are $25 in advance through Eventbrite or the Sierra Nevada Adventure Company stores in Murphys, Sonora, and Arnold, as well as Outer Aisle in Murphys & The Pickle Patch in San Andreas
$35 at the door. Kids under 12 free. Ages 13-16 $10
101 Frogtown Rd, Angels Camp, CA 95222

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HOMER, AK– The Blue Mountain Community Renewal Council, a 501C3- non-profit, is partnering with HUMANITY RISING – Share the Spirit, A Butte Fire Benefit on December 19th at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds.

Set to perform, and graciously donating their time, are Hard Working Americans (a recently formed ‘Super group’ consisting of Todd Snider, Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Duane Trucks, Chad Staehly, and Jesse Aycock), Moonalice out of San Fransisco, Dead Winter Carpenters from the Tahoe area, Edge of the West from Santa Cruz, Grateful Bluegrass Boys and Dusty Greenbones Band from Mendicino, and many more! Plus the best MC of our time, Wavy Gravy and a psychedelic light show by Liquid Lights.

It’s a family friendly event with three stages in three buildings, dinner, and silent auction and runs from 1pm through Midnight. HUMANITY RISING is looking for donations and volunteers to help make this event as impactful as possible. Proceeds will be distributed promptly and equitably to the most needy families and individuals promptly in order to help provide some degree of holiday comfort.

“Our first show ever was a benefit show for flood victims in Colorado. We understand how these giant natural disasters put hard-working Americans’ backs up against the wall.” say The Hard Working Americans. “We’re in a position to help so let’s all join together and make a difference. It takes a village.”

The Butte Fire started in early September 2015 in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California and was one of the among the worst in the State’s history, with over 70,000 acres burned, as well as an estimated 500 plus homes.

“If you are thinking the Butte Fire is over, stop assuming someone else is doing the work that needs to be done.” Long time Tuolumne and Calaveras county resident, promoter, philanthropist, and co-producer of Humanity Rising Jim Stearns says, “There’s some perception or rationalization that there is enormous help coming in. It’s the proverbial ‘somebody else is taking care of it’ problem. If those who are still warm, dry and relatively wealthy that live within 25 miles of the devastation would give 10 percent of their time and/or resources the problem would largely be handled already. Unfortunately many are buying useless crap for Christmas, taking vacations and ignoring the tragedy their neighbors are facing right over the hill.”

The mission of this event will be to provide grants to those that have had their homes and lives destroyed by the Butte Fire. Those that are uninsured, well underinsured and haven’t or haven’t the ability to secure major funding from other agencies such as Red Cross and FEMA will be given the highest priority.

Wendy Cox, a “boots on the ground” type of person, posted a comprehensive and accurate write-up about the situation entitled, Why Is help still needed?.” “Hundreds (if not more than 1,000) of displaced people (more than 500 residences were lost to the fire) are living in inadequate conditions. They are confounded by their situation, and at a loss for what they are going to do. Many do not have potable water, if they have water at all. They are toileting in the sticks that used to be forest. They are sleeping on the bare ground if they are not fortunate to have a tarp. They do not enjoy a hot meal. They are waking up to frost and constant dampness that sleeping outdoors will bring (seniors are especially vulnerable to health problems in this environment.) Basic needs remain unmet.

When a disaster strikes there is an outpour of support which quickly turns to a trickle. Some of the temporary fixes and help have left… Because it has been two months and recovery will take 10-15 years.  Because there are victims still waiting for basic needs to be met.  Because victims are being swallowed by bureaucracy. Because people still feel lost, and confused.  Because it is the right thing to do.

The producers of the Humanity Rising benefit concert are Jim and Alisa Stearns, Linda Sanchez, and Emily West. Jim was owner and operator of Avery Ranch from 1974 until 2011. Alisa was born and raised in Sonora and has partnered with Jim on countless fundraising endeavors. Linda Sanchez, a long time Calaveras activist, was a Butte Fire victim, (lost everything) and Emily is a long time resident of the county as well. Blue Mountain Community Renewal Council is the 501C3 that will be the steward of the event and for providing this administrative service as well as providing insurance, this organization will take 3% of the revenue. BMCRC, located in San Andreas, is listed by the Sierra Health Foundation as one of the five recipients of their community grants as an organization working for the relief of Butte Fire victims.

“We do our best to live up to the mantra: Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the places you can. In all the ways you can. To all the people you can. At all the times you can, for as long as you can.” Jim Stearns says “We have a deep connection to the land and the people that were devastated by the fire. We believe that if people just do what they can to help, in the relief of their neighbors and friends, then we together we can make a huge impact. Maybe it’s a day of work. Maybe it’s five bucks or maybe it’s a hundred. Maybe it’s taking somebody in, loaning somebody your RV or making food.  We all have something we can offer. For us, we happen to be good at bringing people together for a good time as well as a good cause. Like everybody else, we’re just offering to help in the way we know best.”

“We are in the process of contacting individuals and organizations who are working tirelessly on the ground for recommendations and nominations for possible recipients of these funds.” Alisa Stearn says, “We are acutely aware that misuse, misdirection and administrative costs often decimate the effectiveness of these endeavors and remain deeply committed to making sure that this event will be as transparent and efficient as humanly possible.”

More Information and to get involved, please contact Jim Stearns, jim@salmonfestalaska.org or Alisa Mooy alisa@salmonfestalaska.org.

Humanity Rising – A Butte Fire Benefit:
Hard Working Americans
Dead Winter Carpenters
Edge of West
Grateful Bluegrass Boys
Dusty Greenbones Band
Folk Goddess Diane Patterson
Nedra & Julio
Thick Soup
Big Joe Daddy
Felicity Oceansong
Nicole Sass
MC Wavy Gravy
Plus a Psychedelic Light show by Liquid Lights
More tba!

Ticket link → www.eventbrite.com/e/humanity-rising-share-the-spirit-butte-fire-benefit-concert-tickets-19321362716?aff=efbbt

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SEVA Foundation’s 35 Anniversary Benefit Concert @ Mystic Theatre
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Wavy Gravy
(Host), Hot Buttered Rum, David Nelson Band & Members of Leftover Salmon
Doors 7:00pm/Show: 8:00pm
23 Petaluma Blvd North, Petaluma, CA 94952


Mystic_600w_CroppedLeftover Salmon is excited to support SEVA’s  35th Anniversary Benefit Concert at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, CA on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013. This event features Wavy Gravy as the Host, Hot Buttered Rum, David Nelson Band, and members of Leftover Salmon. Doors are at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm.

Since 1978 Seva Foundation has been a leading innovator in the delivery of vital eye care and diabetes prevention services to the worlds most vulnerable – including women, children and indigenous peoples.

Of the worlds 45 million blind, four out of five could see again if only they had access to adequate care.  Seva’s Sight Programs have restored vision to more than 3 million people in 12 countries by providing affordable cataract surgeries. Seva’s Native American Community Health Program has supported hundreds of grassroots wellness projects in native communities where health disparities disproportionately affect vulnerable, low-income people and are largely preventable.

General Admission Tickets are $30, VIP $100, 21+
Buy them online at www.ticketweb.com
or at the Mystic Theatre Box office (707) 765-2121.

More information on the SEVA Foundation and this event: http://www.seva.org/site/PageServer?pagename=35th_Anniversary_Mystic_2013

Leftover Salmon on Tour:
Wed- Sun 12/12-16/12  Tulum, Mexico – Strings & Sol
Thu 12/27/12  Indianapolis, IN  –  Vogue Theatre * w/ The Lee Boys
Fri-Sat 12/28-29 /12 St. Louis, MO –  Old Rock House * w/ The Lee Boys
Mon 12/31/12 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre * w/ The Lee Boys
Wed 2/13/13 Missoula, MT  Wilma Theater
Thu 2/14/13 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
Fri 2/15/13 Seattle, WA  Neptune Theatre
Sat 2/16/13 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
Sun 2/17/13 Arcata, CA  Arcata Theater
Mon 2/18/13 Crystal Bay, NV  Crystal Bay Club & Casino
Tues 2/19/13  Petaluma, CA  Mystic Theatre SEVA Benefit *w/ members of LoS
Wed 2/20/13 San Francisco, CA  Great American Music Hall
Thu 2/21/13 West Hollywood, CA  House of Blues
Fri 2/22/13 Solana Beach, CA  Belly Up
Sat 2/23/13 Flagstaff, AZ   Orpheum Theater
Sun 2/24/13 Tuscon, AZ  Rialto Theatre
Tue 2/26/13 – 2/27/13  Telluride, CO  Sheridan Opera House
Thu 2/28/13  Aspen, CO  Belly Up
Fri 3/1/13  Park City, UT  Park City Live
Sat 3/2/13  Boise, ID  Knitting Factory
Sun 3/3/13  Jackson, WY  Pink Garter Theatre
Fri- Sat 3/22-23/2013  Live Oak, FL  Suwanee Springfest
Sun 4/14/2013  Steamboat Springs, CO  Steamboat Ski Resort – Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Concert Series


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I recently met the founder of  MASH PIT, Analena Valdes Graham, RN, BSN who currently practices as a critical care nurse at local DC hospital as a medevac nurse.  I was truly inspired by the non-judgmental care for musical concert/festival attendees and artists that her organization offers. Here is what Analena has to say about MASH PIT’s services:

Our company is much like the Peace Patrol and Wavy Gravy of the 60’s in keeping people safe and happy.  Yes, there is EMS, but our group is pretty unique on how we use alternative methods to keeping people safe and capable of going back to the concert or festival without being kicked out or having to go to a hospital.  We recently completed a two day event with Warren Haynes’ Xmas Jam 2009 in Asheville, NC providing on site mobile medical services for the artists, crew and patrons.  You can check out some great pictures from the Christmas Jam HERE shot by Joe Carney with EarthMusic Photos.

Currently we are in negotiations with local venues in the DC area and submitting our proposals to festivals all over the states this summer such as Music on the Mountaintop, Gathering of the Vibes and Bear Creek just to name a few.  This year I am all about introducing MASH PIT  to the music industry: promoters, artists and event patrons.  We are a unique group because we mostly volunteers who are in the crowds roving, caring and watching.  My group consists of nurses, medics, MDs, PAs and even non medical who lend a helping hand, keep someone company or just be that safety net until EMS arrives or transport is completed to the local hospital.  We have a self serve table that, thanks to our sponsors, offers free items such as personal ear protection, bandaids and even some personal items that you may have forgotten at home.  You are greeted with a smile and sometimes even with a bottle of water.

MASH PIT is a non-profit organization that is committed to providing services that will enhance the concert going experience and safety of the patrons and artists.  The result is happy, healthy, and safe people with fewer injuries or medical issues during and after the event.  MASH PIT’s goal is to anticipate and alleviate the potential problems of mass gathering events as they relate to medical problems, resulting in an estimated 75% reduction in liability to the venues.  Having medical on site is key.

In the UK, the concept of “mobile medical care” has been in existence for nine years now, assisting festivals, concerts and artists.  Online reviews such as safeconcerts.com have interviews with artists discussing safety at festivals and concerts touching on the need of improved medical assistance and awareness.  Additionally, MASH PIT supports programs that give back to both the medical community and music education programs.

MASH PIT, Inc. is artist driven. A few musicians got together a few months back and felt there was a need to bring non judgmental quality medical care to their supporters.  We work closely with local EMS providers and hospitals at every venue.  Our roving teams survey and provide the immediate support that sometimes is lacking.  In addition, our Medical Director oversees the care we provide to patrons in the PIT, the artists and production teams.  Often artists, their crews and patrons prefer non governmental medical care from people who understand their unique needs and issues.  Our previous clients such as Warren Haynes, Hard Head Management and Production, Ani DiFranco and the Counting Crows benefited from having us backstage and on the venue floor.

We welcome the opportunity to help promote the health and well-being of event patrons and artists.   Thus, we are always looking for seasoned volunteers: medical such as NREMT-P and NREMT-Basic, First Responders, MDs, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, ER trained and critical care nurses as well as non-medical to assist with the roving teams and work alongside other professionals in the PIT. We offer credit hours for nursing students and are working towards offering continuing education credits in many health disciplines.

Take a peek at our website at www.mash-pit.org and see what we can offer. Let us assist you and your event and management services in celebrating and promoting music and safety at festivals, jams and special events while keeping everyone safe and doing some good for some great charities such as Sweet Relief, Suited for Change and the Wounded Warriors Project.

Follow Mash Pit on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mashpitorg
Follow Mash Pit on Facebook: www.facebook.com/mashpitorg
Also check out this radio interview with Mash Pit:
Recent Video Collaboration with Mash Pit  and Scout66.com:
Also,  check out this great post by Wolfgang’s Vault that also features Scout66 and Mash Pit: A Big Happy Live Music community

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