12/7 – Local Slice Recommendation – Fight Fire with Fire Benefit at Coda

Some of the Bay Area’s finest performers that many of you have already enjoyed seeing perform will be donating their performances for this fundraiser.

Please help me get the word out so that we can lighten the load for the folks impacted by this fire.

Ways you can help:

Volunteer to help out (flyering, helping with stage management, raffles, donate or have your company donate items to be raffled)

– If you want to help with stage management – contact momo – for donations and other ways you want to help contact Aaron directly 🙂

Make a donation

Attend the fundraiser

Post it on your blog or send to your social network

Pay it forward – support friends during times of transition

Short Version:

WHAT: “Fight Fire With Fire” Fundraiser

WHEN: Tues Dec 7th 7:30p-1a

WHERE: Coda Supper Club

1710 Mission St, (at duboce), SF

WHO: Bronkar/ Paper Dolls/ Rupa and the April Fishes/Gomorran Social Aid and Pleasure Club/ Quinn DeVeaux/ Rob Reich w/ Deb Rubin

WHY: Support Community!

HOW MUCH: Sliding scale $10-$100

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Make Donations Here:


Detailed Version:

From Aaron Kierbel

“…..I’m an ordinary guy/
Burning down the house/
Hold tight, wait till the party’s over/
Hold tight, we’re in for nasty weather/
Fightin’ fire with fire….”
… —david byrne (talking heads)

Hello there from an ordinary guy who’s house burned down.


Yes thats right, if facebook didnt alert you to the fact a while back, I along with 4 other lovely roommates had to move from our mission house after coming home one day to find a smoking pile of rubble where our humble abode used to be.

Luckily nobody was hurt….BUT with the hassle of displacement, loss of massive amounts of stuff and no refund of deposit money, lets just say this didnt put a spring in anyone’s step.

After the initial shock, my first thought was to throw another benefit.

After the success of last year’s Bring Back the Beats drum fundraiser (THANK YOU!!!), i thought long and hard about whether or not I wanted to ask my community to donate their time, talents and money to support another personal disaster.

When do you ask your community for help?
Am i maxing out my “Benefit” card?
Am I destined to become known as “That Benefit Guy?”

I stewed on these questions for a while before realizing that this event isnt about me.

First, all proceeds go to the other housemates. I want the focus of this event to be about helping others.

Second, this is about showing how we as a community can come together to support each other when these kind of unfortunate events occur. Many of us are artists, and therefore constantly broke and often living on the edge (of sanity/eviction). Our greatest resource I have found is each other.

Therefore, it is my great pleasure to announce the “Fight Fire With Fire Benefit” on December 7th at Coda Supper Club.
And the lineup is certainly hot:

-BRONKAR LEE (http://www.bronkarlee.com/) is the fabulous mc for the nite. Hailed as a “shaman of percussive voice,” he will dazzle you with body and vocal percussion, drumming, and highly skilled juggling mixed with humor to wash it down.

-PAPER DOLLS (http://www.thepaperdollsband.com/) are a ukulele slinging, three-part harmony singing sensation who leave toes tapping and skin tingling wherever they appear.

-RUPA AND THE APRIL FISHES (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkpuAQIdoD4) are still high from recently opening for Manu Chao at the Warfield and are certainly ready to bring the heat with their spicy global stew.

-GOMORRAN SOCIAL AID AND PLEASURE CLUB(http://www.myspace.com/thegomorrans) are the kinda band you wanna bring home to mom…that is, if your mom’s in touch with her inner freak and likes neo-vaudevillian Dixie brass band tunes, jaw-dropping dance numbers and slapstick antics.

-QUINN DEVEAUX AND THE BLUE BEAT REVUE (http://www.myspace.com/quinndeveaux) plays a highly danceable and concentrated potion of soul, folk songs and backwater blues, backed by a freakishly tall bass player and some seriously bad ass female backup singers.

-NON STOP BHANGRA DANCERS (http://nonstopbhangra.ning.com/) are gonna seriously heat up the stage with their handclapping, bangle-clanging, whirling celebrations of bhangra, the dance music youve heard in all those Bollywood movies you’ve watched.

-ROB REICH (http://www.robreich.com/), the accordion wielding genius we all know and love, fresh off of a European tour with Tin Hat, will pull some musical rabbits out of his magician hat, and is joined by the esteemed bellydancer DEB RUBIN (http://www.sattyabody.com/) who will delight us with her unique brand of tribal fusion bellydance.

There will also be a raffle for really cool one of a kind prizes offered up by some super awesome, and talented people. More info on that to come….

Thanks so much for your support.

I hope to see ya there!

Aaron Kierbel

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