Oakland's Ghost Ship Fire: List of Fund Drives & Bay Area Benefit Concerts

Posted by Billyjam, December 6, 2016 06:11pm | Post a Comment
The Ghost Ship

As everywhere across the Bay Area and beyond, we here at Amoeba Music are still reeling in shock from the news of the devastating, deadly Ghost Ship inferno. At this time our solemn thoughts are with the victims and their families and friends. Located in East Oakland's Fruitvale district the warehouse was described as a home, studio, venue, and safe space for local artists, filmmakers, painters, musicians, dancers, and their families. The tragedy at the space occurred late last Friday night, during the beginning stages of an all night electronic dance party that was a show for 100% Silk, the dance music imprint of the Not Not Fun record label. One of the record label's artists Cherushii (33-year-old San Franciscan Chelsea Dolan who was also a KALX Berkeley DJ) was among the victims of the fatal blaze. Tragically she was just one of four volunteers at the UC Berkeley radio station killed in the fire. The others were Griffin Madden (aka DJ Laura), Vanessa Plotkin, and Jennifer Morris.

Reportedly, the deadly fire broke out suddenly and rapidly spread throughout the below-code wooden structure, leaving few escape options for those trapped inside the fiery smoke-filled building. As of the time of posting this Amoeblog, the number reported dead stood at 36, mostly from smoke inhalation according to authorities. Many of the names have still to be officially identified, while many of the identified victims still have not been publicly announced out of respect for their families. Somewhat heartening  however was the announcement made earlier today by an Oakland Fire Dept. official that, even with 15% of the charred building remaining to be investigated, that they are hopeful and confident that the death toll figure will not rise much higher, if at all, above 36.

In addition to the aforementioned Cherushii, among those who perished in the fiery tragedy were such friends of Amoeba as 22-year-old electronic musician Cash Askew (Them Are Us Too) and 35-year-old sound engineer Barrett Clark. Clark, who was handling the mixing board for Friday night's event, frequently did sound engineering for Amoeba in-store shows at both the Amoeba Berkeley and San Francisco locations. A brief but special dedication honoring Barrett Clark appears below, following all the listings. Also below is a list of the many ways that you can show your support for victims and families of this tragic fire. Meantime for news updates follow both local major media outlets and the dedicated official City Of Oakland website page as well as their Twitter account @Oakland.

Set up for those with family members or friends somehow associated with the fire, is the Family Assistance Center. Located at 2425 E. 12th Street, it is a joint project of the Red Cross and the Alameda County Sheriff's Office set up specifically for family and friends affected by the fire to get information. There is also grief counseling provided at that location that many have been taking advantage of. Additionally those in need of emotional support may talk directly with a trained Crisis Counselor by texting BAY to 741741, SAFE to 20121, or by calling the Alameda Crisis Line at 1-800-309-2131. Meantime those affiliated with KALX and UC Berkeley seeking emotional support are advised to contact UC's Counseling and Psychological Services at (510) 642-9494 (for students), and Employee Assistance at
(510) 643-7754 for staffers.

Last night -- Monday, December 5th -- there were several gatherings across the Bay Area to honor and mourn the victims of this tragedy including one in San Francisco's Castro district focusing on the LGBTQ victims. Another was the large vigil/gathering at Lake Merritt in Oakland where a crowd of over a thousand gathered to show their respect. Nearby the bright
marquee above the entrance to Oakland's historic Grand Lake Theatre offered its condolences including to "our own Denalda" in reference to Nicole Renae Siegrist aka Denalda, aka synth / Omni Chord player VafaDenaldaDonorous and one half of Oakland synth pop duo Introflirt whose singer Ben Benjamin Runnels (aka Charlie Prowler) was also killed in Friday's fire. At the vigil/gathering by the lake Monday night many in the crowd vented their outrage, in the form of boos directed at speaker Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf of the gentrified city. The shared feeling is that part of the blame lies with a city where affordable housing is so out of reach for most young artists that they are forced to seek shelter in illegal spaces like the converted "Ghost Ship" warehouse. But mostly the tone of last night's event was a respectful, solemn, and sad one. The gathering also demonstrated what a diverse, supportive, close-knit community Oakland is with so

many sectors of the community banding together in their support. The City of Oakland joined forces with the Red Cross to set up the YouCaring website with links to various GoFundMe drives.

To date, the response has been phenomenal with 54,000 shares to the site via Facebook alone and people from all over the world donating money and resources. Those fund drives are included in the list below along with a non-monetary resource set up for those seeking, and those offering housing for individuals displaced by the fire. Also included below is a list of Bay Area benefit concerts planned for this week, and into the coming weeks.  Note that there will be other benefit concerts happening outside the Bay Area too not included here such as this evening's CyberSonic benefit at LA's The LASH (117 Winston St.) from 10pm 'til 2am.

[12/12/16 Update/Edit: In the week since this Amoeblog was initially posted the outpouring of support and levels of grief toward the Ghost Ship tragedy have been unprecedented on both a local and global level. Over this past weekend alone, high profile artists expressing their grief included performers Moby and Green Day. Last night, Sunday Dec. 11th, Moby performed for free at the Mezzanine benefit in San Francisco as a show of his support. And on Saturday night at Oakland's big Oracle Arena Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong between songs paid tribute to the victims, dedicating the American Idiot album song "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" to them. Also in the past week, many new last minute benefit shows in the Bay Area have been planned including one with Primus and Boots Riley & The Coup and others at the Fox Theater in Oakland on Wednesday (Dec. 14th). That show and others have been since added to the list of benefit shows below - scroll down]


Gray Area Foundation For The Arts Oakland Fire Fund
Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, a non-profit that has been involved in the greater Bay Area artist community for the last 10 years, wrote that it, "has deep and personal connections with many of the presumed victims of the tragedy" and has been getting a very positive response to its fund-drive.

Oakland A's & Oakland Raiders Fire Relief Fund
Hometown sports teams the Oakland A's, the Warriors, and the Raiders are among the many local institutions who have rallied behind the support efforts of the tragedy. Via this YouSharing project they're matching up to $50k per franchise. Following a positive response from sports fans, the Raiders/A's drive has already reached over $391K, exceeding the goal of $325K .

Ghost Ship Fire: Residents Support
This Go Fund Me residents support group was set up by Reina Lam to benefit the surviving residents of Satya Yuga (aka Ghost Ship) who "lost their home and all their belongings." Support directly funds, "supplies and materials needed to support their livelihood." This drive has already surpassed its somewhat modest goal of $10K.

Shelter Support for Those Displaced By Fire
This wonderful resource, set up via Google Docs, contains a listing of housing offered to those survivors who are in need of a space (work and/or live) that they wish to offer to the survivors of the inferno. Of the many caring community members offering housing are such folks as Laura in the 408 area code offering a "living room with pull out couch that fits two," and Lindsay in West Oakland offering a room plus a "futon in living room." 

The Madden Family Support Page

Created for Ghost Fire victim, 23 year old UC Berkeley grad Griffin Madden (aka DJ Laura) who was one of four KALX Berkeley volunteers killed in the fire. This fundraiser, via GoFundMe, was set up by MJ (close family friend & partner to Shannon San Francisco, CA), who writes that it is, "is to directly support Griffin's sister and partner as well as any close friend memorials or family members.  All funds will be distributed by me personally to Shannon (Sky), Saya and any close family member that is currently encountering unexpected cost in this difficult time. "

Trans Assistance Project Oakland Donation Project
The Trans Assistance Project (TAP) has set up a special Oakland donation fund drive, separate from their primary Save Trans Lives fund, that will 100% go directly to fund "funeral services and end of life costs for the trans women who lost their lives in the Oakland Ghost Ship Fire: Feral Pines, Cash Askew, and Em Bohlka." The drive is also seeking funds to cover the medical care for another trans woman who was among the Ghost Ship fire survivors. Any additional funds raised by TAP will be donated in Feral Pine’s name since, "Feral had applied for TAP’s services: funding name and gender markers changes, medical costs, and legal fees for trans people in the United States, so that trans women may survive and thrive."

Bay Area Benefit Concert/Events This Week; Thru Decemeber 11th

                                                      Today: Tuesday, December 6th

Spectrum Queer Media Queer/Trans Open Mic Benefit
Oakland: Tuesday Dec. 6th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, the weekly Oakland "Pass the Mic Tuesdays for LGBTQIA and Hetero-Ally Folkz" night is turning its focus/funding to the victims of Oakland Ghost Ship Fire. As well as donating all money made to the Fire Relief Fund from this evening's event, the three year old organization is also providing a "place of sanctuary" where attendees can "celebrate the victims’ lives through music, poetry, visual art, films, stories, and more."

EL Rio Benefit for Ghost Ship:
San Francisco: Tuesday. The artists Cables & Arms, Belle Reve, and Twin Screw Steamer are among those scheduled to perform at this evening's benefit at El Rio at 3158 Mission St., San Francisco with 100% of money raised going to the Fire Relief Fund.


Wednesday, December 7th

Hen House in Oakland Ghost Ship Benefit 
Oakland: With 100% of proceeds being donated to "benefit the victims, families and communities devastated by this tragedy," the Hen House located at 907 Washington St., Oakland, CA 94607 is planning an all day (11:30am to 9pm) benefit on Wednesday Dec 7th

Midsummer Studios' Oakland Fire Benefits
Emeryville. Wednesday Dec. 7th Midsummer Studios (at 5743 Horton St. Suite A, Emeryville, CA) have planned two consecutive benefits at 7pm and 9pm sharp with scheduled performance by Kimya Dawson of The Moldy Peaches and Juno soundtrack fame, plus screenings of both "Johnny Physical Lives" and "Torrey Pines" with live accompaniment by Your Heart Breaks. $10 at door.

El Rio's Yours Truly Benefit for Ghost Ship Fire Victims
San Francisco. For second night in row El Rio will host a benefit show on Wednesday, Dec. 7th from 7pm til closing. On its Facebook post, the organizers articulated what many are feeling by writing, "Our community has been struck by a tremendous loss this past weekend. We admire your resilience and honor your commitment to the collective magic. We are strongest together. Like many of you we are at a loss for words. We all find solace, however, in our community." Co-presented by Hard French and El Rio with all proceeds going to the Fire Relief Fund it will feature sets by Hot LunchScott Moore, Thao, and Tender Forever plus DJ sets from Vin Sol, Josh Cheon, Carnita, and Brown Amy. $5 donation asked at door.

   Thursday, December 8th

Golden Bull Ghost Ship Benefit
Oakland: Thursday, Dec. 8th at 8pm a benefit, with all funds go YouCaring, is planned at
Oakland's Golden Bull (412 14th St.) with performances planned by  Elrond, Collin Gorman Weiland, Denney Joints, and headliner Maya Songbird plus DJs Dick Wolf, Opalescent Toad, and Jasmine Infinity. $5 suggested donation at door.

Deep Dive Oakland Benefit @ Lake Merritt Dance Center
Oakland: Scheduled for 7:30pm to 9:30pm on Thursday this week, with all proceeds to be donated to the Fire Relief Fund, Oakland's Deep Dive is planning a benefit at the Lake Merritt Dance Center (220 Grand Ave.) that they are billing as "memorial dance for those who perished in the recent and tragic warehouse fire in Oakland" with a suggested $20 donation at the door.

                                                             Friday, December 9th

Arlene Francis Center Benefit Concert
Santa Rosa: The all evening concert (6:30pm to 12 midnight) will give 100% of proceeds to support the victims of the Oakland Fire with sets by Secret Cat, Living in the 90’s, Joshua James Jackson, Attacrobat, Hoarders, Rags, and The Illumignarly.

                                                     Saturday, December 10th

Hemlock Tavern Ghost Ship Fire Benefit
San Francisco: Benefit at the Hemlock Tavern (1131 Polk St) with sets scheduled by the Creepers, Religious Girls, and Weed Alien. 21+ show. $8 at the door with proceeds benefitting the Fire Relief Fund.

                                                       Sunday, December 11th

Mezzanine Ghost Ship Benefit 
San Francisco: With exact details still to be fleshed out for this last minute event at the spacious downtown San Francisco club, Mezzanine (444 Jessie St.) is planning a benefit event, inviting anyone "who wants to be involved - we will be collecting donations for raffle prizes/silent auction and if any one would like to donate their time to DJ, please email [email protected]"

                                                       Tuesday, December 13th

Bimbo's Dolphin Lounge Series Oakland Fire Benefit
San Francisco: Artists Kendra McKinley and Emily Afton are donating their time and talent for the Oakland Fire Benefit Show at San Francisco club Bimbo's [1025 Columbus Ave.]. Part of the regular Dolphin Lounge series this particular night's show will be donating "100% of ticket sales to the Oakland Fire Relief Fund. $5. 7pm doors. 8pm showtime. Standing room only. 2 drink minimum. Food by Boneyard BBQ

                                                    Wednesday, December 14th

Oakland United Benefit for Oakland Fire Relief
Oakland: Under the banner of "Oakland United" the folks at Another Planet in a matter of just days priority-rushed their impressive last minute Benefit for Oakland Fire Relief concert at Oakland's Fox Theater. With artists still been added to the bill so far the scheduled acts at the big benefit show will include such hometown hip-hop acts as The Hieroglyphics and The Coup, along with such other acts (many local) as  tUnE-yArDs, Fantastic Negrito, Primus, Tycho, GeographerBeats Antique, Dan DeaconJay Som, Rogue Wave, and Thao Nguyen. Also on the bill are Kennedy Ashlyn and Anya Taylor of the group Them Are Us Too whose member Cash Askew perished in the fire. Oakland United concert tickets are listed at $35 and $49.50 with the show producers noting that, "100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to Gray Area Foundation For The Arts Oakland Fire Relief Fund. Please consider the option to give an additional $25, $50, $100, $250, $500 or $1000 in donations with your ticket purchase."

                                                       Thursday December 15th

Mashuggah Beach Party: Hanukkah at Forbidden Island:
Alameda: Meshugga Beach Party returns to Forbidden Island [1304 Lincoln Ave, Alameda] from 8pm to 10pm on December 15th for their annual holiday show with their friend Santa Claus. This year's show is a benefit for victims of the Ghost Ship fire.  $5 donation at the door. Staff is donating tips, Forbidden Island donating a percentage of sales, and MBP their fee.

SWMRS, Jello Biafra & GSM Ghost Ship Benefit
Oakland: This all ages Oakland benefit concert featuring SWMRS (formerly Emily's Army), Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Alaric, and Naked Lights will take place Thursday Dec. 15th 8pm to midnight at The Oakland Metro Opera House [522 2nd St.]. With $20 minimum donation suggested but a $50 donation advised, the benefit concert's organizers say that their primary goal is, "To raise as much money for the family members who were directly effected by the Ghost Ship fire, for the roommates of victims to pay bills/rent, to cover any personal costs directly impacted by the fire" as well as “preserving warehouses/alternative art-live-work spaces.”

                                                            Friday, December 16th

Xoreal Productions Ghost Ship Benefit
Oakland: Xoreal Productions presents a benefit with Golden Drugs, Wander, Madeline Kenney, and Affec. at Oakland Secret [577 5th St.] from 8pm to 11pm Donation-based entry of a suggested $5 minimum. 100% collected will be donated to the primary relief fund for victims of the Ghost Ship Oakland fire.friends, family, & community.

Katabatik Winter Solstice 2016

Oakland: The Katabatik Winter Solstice 2016 takes place in North Oakland at the Omni Commons [4799 Shattuck] on Friday December 16th from 8pm to 2am. The memorial benefit for those lost in the fire requests attendees dontae $15 or more for entry to event or bring cash for the door.

The Atom Age + Dirty Denim @ Starry Plough
Berkeley: The Atom Age and Dirty Denim play the Starry Plough [3101 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley] on Friday December 16th from 9pm til 1am with donations/proceeds going to the Victims Relief fund organized by Gray Area Foundation for The Arts.

                                                             Saturday, December 17th

Oakland Underground United:
Oakland: Oakland Underground United present a benefit on Saturday, December 17th at 7pm at Eli's Mile High Club [3629 MLK Way, Oakland]. Hosted by Kylo Montez (Of Animation KO... and stuff) there will be vegan baked goods, original art, DJs, storytelling, and performances from Zack Bateman and The Coal Minds, Blatherskite, Toxic Shock Syndrome, Georgia Sam, Mykee Ramen, and LunaSol Music. Entry fee on a sliding scale of $5 to "whatever you can spare" with all proceeds will going to FireFund.

                                                               Monday, December 19th

Wormhole SF Bay Area and Soundpieces' Ghost Ship Memorial Benefit
Oakland: Wormhole SF Bay Area and Soundpieces present a Ghost Ship Memorial Benefit Fundraiser for victims of the tragic fire and their families at the New Parish [1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland] on Monday, December 19th from 9pm to 2am with sets by Dimond Saints, Gladkill, BOGL, Eyeseeu and more acts to be announced later. Suggested donation of $10 to $20.

Friday, December 30th

Nopes, Stucko, Pit Stains & Lofter @ Hemlock Benefit
San Francisco: Shout-out to Anthony and the good folks at San Francisco's Hemlock Tavern (1131 Polk Street) for throwing another Ghost Ship Fire benefit. This one, that takes place at 9pm on the last Friday of the year, will feature the bands Pit Stains, Stucko, Lofter and headliner/Bay Area punk quartet Nopes who recently released their debut album Never Heard Of It (also avail on LP). 8pm doors. 9pm show. 21+ $8 with proceeds going to Ghost Ship fire relief fund.

Thursday, January 5th

Ghost Ship benefit @ Golden Bull
Oakland: The Golden Bull [412 14th St. Oakland] hosts another Ghost Ship benefit with performances from Esses, Malditos and Vio\ator plus DJs Bildo, Zlaya and Davey Bones.  21+ 9pm show with sliding scale starting at $10

Exit Through The Gift Shop Benefit Screening @ Elmwood
Berkeley: One-off special benefit screening of the Banksy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop will take place at the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood (2966 College Ave. near Ashby). 100% of proceeds from the 7pm screening of the award-winning 2010 film will go to Fire Relief Fund for Victims of the Ghost Ship Oakland Fire, a crowdfunding campaign organized by Gray Area. Tix $10 to $12.50

Saturday January 7th

Oaktown Indie Mayhem Ghost Ship Benefit.
Oakland: Starline Social Club (2236 Martin Luther King Jr Way). With 100% of the proceeds going to support the Oakland Fire Relief Fund, the hometown record label OIM (Oaktown Indie Mayhem) is putting on a killer show with Rituals of MineAnticon's Jel, Kool A.D., Wax Idols, Crashing Hotels, Cult Days, Yassou, 8uletina, and Hi Scores. Additionally there'll be live painting and nail painting, plus dance performance by Earth Dance Mafia. 8pm doors. Tix $10 to $15.

Wednesday, January 11th

Prince: Opening The Vault Ghost Ship Relief Benefit
San Francisco: The Elbo Room Presents Prince: Opening The Vault at the endangered (but still hanging in there) Mission District SF club The Elbo Room (647 Valencia) which is A Ghost Ship Relief Benefit with DJs Chaki, Jeremy Wheat, and Dolphinius each throwing down a mix of "deep cuts, b-Sides, extended versions and, of course, the hits." $8 at the door. 21+


In memory of Barrett Clark
Our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Barrett Clark, a most excellent sound guy and ultimate sweetheart, and to all the family and friends who lost someone to the Oakland fire.

Barrett Clark
April 4, 1981 - December 2, 2016

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