Saturday, July 22, 2017 This Week's Paper

Top Area Musicians to Perform at Fifth Annual FISH Food Benefit Concert

// This Time, The FISH Feed the Humans

A slate of outstanding area musicians will perform back-to-back June 3, 3-7 p.m. at the fifth annual FISH Food Benefit Concert for FISH Food Banks of Pierce County. Held this year for the first time at Louie G’s (5219 Pacific Hwy. E. in Fife), this all-ages event also includes lots of free door prizes along with a raffle and a silent auction featuring all kinds of items and services.

This year the goal is to raise $10,000 for FISH Food Banks, a non-profit, ecumenical organization of volunteers providing food to individuals in need through seven food bank locations. Every dollar raised at the concert will go to FISH, and when it comes to stretching a dollar, FISH volunteers are masters.

“People may think that $10,000 isn’t a lot of money, but with the buying power of FISH Food Banks, every $1 donated is, for them, $7,” said Raymond Hayden, CEO of Maurice the Fish Records, which is presenting this year’s concert event with Sweatbox Entertainment, Northwest Convergence Zone (NWCZ) radio, The Lenderman Academy and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Since launching in 2008, this concert has consistently raised about $1,000 more than its previous year. Admission is a suggested donation of $10, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

“Anything helps,” Hayden said. “We know times are tough, so if you’re struggling for cash and can give $5, that’s fine. Just come to Louie G’s and enjoy the show. You get four hours of some of the best bands in the Northwest. It’s a huge value for the dollar.”

The variety of musical offerings featured at this annual concert has become practically a trademark of the event, as each artist brings something different to the stage:

  • Heidi Vladyka (acoustic folk-pop)
  • James Coates (“One of the strongest, most soulful voices I’ve ever heard,” Hayden said.)
  • Rafael Tranquilino (a blues guitarist like no other)
  • Kim Archer (soul and funk)
  • Sevens Revenge (straightforward rock)
  • The Fat Tones (toeing the edge of blues and rock)
  • Sweet Kiss Momma (the next generation of Southern rock)
  • Mr. Von (hip-hop for the masses/Sweatbox Entertainment).

The number of items for the silent auction doubled over last year and includes local artwork, Tacoma Rainiers tickets, massages, photography packages, blocks of time at area recording studios, concerts donated by five bands, speaker cabinets from AMPEG, earbuds from SHURE and more. The raffle will offer music merchandise such as band T-shirts and CDs.

Those who cannot make it to the concert can still pitch in and help by making a donation of any amount through the FISH Food Banks website at