By James Pleasant
In response to the firestorms that recently devastated the North Bay area in California, several businesses and musicians have banded together to form Band Together Bay Area – a coalition including Kaiser Permanente, Google, the San Francisco Giants, Levi Strauss Foundation, and Live Nation – to support those affected by the deadliest and most destructive firestorm in California history.
In addition to raising more than $6.5 million from corporate sponsors and donors, Band Together Bay area will host a benefit concert on Thursday, November 9 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, with headliners including Metallica, Dave Matthews, G-Eazy, and more. One hundred percent of the proceeds for this concert will go the Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund in order to provide housing, food, education, healthcare, and other services to low-income communities devastated by the firestorm.
“Our neighbors in the North Bay have shown incredible strength as a community, and Google is proud to support Band Together Bay Area to help bring critical resources, funding, and support for those affected by the devastating wildfires in Northern California,” said Google VP Jacqueline Fuller.
“The recent tragic events up in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties have left us all saddened,” said Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich in a video promoting the concert.
“We’re here to help as much as we can, and this concert on November 9 is one small way we can do that.”
The firestorm has burned almost 200,000 acres and 6,000 homes in the Bay Area, leaving thousands of residents without homes or shelter. The damage costs have already reached billions of dollars.
Tickets for the concert are available at bandtogetherbayarea.org and at Ticketmaster. First responders, volunteers, and families that have been affected the fires will be able to attend the concert free of charge.