It isn’t often that you get to see 12 smokin’ hot bands for a suggested donation of $10 and do something good for others in need, but that’s exactly what’s on tap for June 2 at Louie G’s in Fife for the sixth annual FISH Food Benefit Concert, presented by Maurice The Fish Records, 3-7 p.m.
A fundraiser for FISH Food Banks of Pierce County, this all-ages, family-friendly showcase offers music from many genres on two stages – rock, pop and blues, instrumental, acoustic, Americana and country, soul and hip hop – making FISH Food a night out that will suit practically anyone’s taste in music. There will also be a silent auction with some valuable items on the auction block, a raffle and games.
Raymond Hayden is CEO of Maurice the Fish Records. “Every year is different and every year we try to learn from the year prior,” he said of the concert. “This year we wanted to take it to the next level with even more music to give people a real bang for their buck. Last year we had more bands than normal and people really enjoyed that, so with the economy still recovering and a lot of people out there watching their pennies, I wanted to put together a concert covering as many genres as we can.”
Appearing on the main stage will be bands and solo performers: Audentia, Champagne Sunday, Nolan Garrett, Rikk Beatty Band, Tin Man, Kim Archer and Rafael Tranquilino, Mr. Von, and Late September Dogs. The acoustic stage will feature Heidi Vladyka, Dave Hannon, James Coates and a very special featured guest Lynn Sorenson of Spike & the Impalers and formerly of Bad Company. “To wrap the whole thing up and put a nice bow on it we have (Sorenson) who will perform his own set and with Nolan Garrett and Tin Man,” Hayden said. “He’s a great dude. When I asked him to do it, he didn’t even hesitate.
Add to this the impact of what FISH Food Banks can do with the money raised: for every $1 donated, FISH can distribute $7 worth of food. FISH Food serves individuals and families at seven food bank locations as well as a mobile food bank that visits five locations each week. In 2012, FISH Food Banks served more than 556,000 individuals, or more than 140,000 families.
During the past five years, the FISH Food concerts have raised just a shade under $20,000. Approximately $7,000 was raised last year, and this year the goal is $10,000.
“We are so grateful to Maurice The Fish Records for their support and friendship over the last six years,” said Emily Happy, director of development and communication for
FISH Food Banks of Pierce County. “FISH Food Banks are about people – families, volunteers, community and powerful stories. Raymond, Maurice the Fish Records, and other community-minded businesses truly help transform lives. It is a privilege to have their enthusiastic and caring assistance, which makes it possible for us to carry out our mission of serving people in need with compassion, dignity and respect, despite the need being greater than ever before. Every dollar, hour or kind act makes a real difference to a family in need.”
“It’s important to give back,” Hayden said. “The community comes out and supports us as artists, they buy merchandise and tickets… I decided six years ago that we needed to give something back in a way that’s essential and a basic element of survival.”
The silent auction offers one-of-a-kind items that will appeal greatly to musicians and music lovers alike – local recording studio time, private concerts, guest spots on radio shows, $500 earbuds donated by Shure, CDs and T-shirts from local bands, a consultation with Grammy nominated engineer Ben Chang, a Heart autographed box set, original autographed merchandise from Bad Company, gift certificates for Rehearsal Works in Auburn, and much more. There’s other stuff too, like numerous gift certificates to local clubs including The Harmon and Hard Rock Café, Rainiers tickets, Seahawks merchandise and more.
Sponsors of the FISH Food Benefit Concert include Maurice The Fish Records, Sweatbox Entertainment, The Lenderman Academy, NWCZ Radio, John L. Scott North Tacoma, The Corbenic Group, Flat Hat Productions, SHURE and In Tune Guitar Picks, Inc.
Louie G.’s is located at 5219 Pacific Hwy. S. in Fife.
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