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Local bands come together for relief concert Sunday

Heather Solomon, Sierra Sun

All around the United States, shocked and saddened citizens seek ways to help – or just to do something, anything – in the wake of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. last week.

In Truckee, citizens have done many of the things we’re all doing – they’ve donated blood, flown flags and offered moral and emotional support to one another as best they can.

They’ve also come together to create a “Peace Concert,” to be held Sunday in Truckee River Regional Park.

According to Nancy O’Connell, one of the event organizers, “This concert is about creating harmony, literally and physically. It will create a place for us all to come together, and focus on the good. We also want to use this time to thank firemen, policemen and rescue workers, all those people we take for granted.”

The Peace Concert was inspired in part by Pam Ferris, a broadcaster at KOZZ, who used songs of peace as a theme during a segment of her show.

According to O’Connell, after listening to the show, she began thinking about the positive effects of music.

“Music,” O’Connell said, “makes it easy to shift out of anger and hatred and into love and compassion. Music is a powerful tool for healing and for mourning.”

The organizers of this community-wide event would really like to see the entire North Tahoe/Truckee community come out and show their support.

“We all need to come together, to show that we care, and that we can continue making music and going to soccer games, and living our daily lives,” O’Connell went on.

The concert will take place in the park between 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, and will feature North Tahoe/Truckee area musicians, including Jo Mama, the P.O.S. Band, the Deckheads, Deja Vu, The New Indifferences, Spirit of the Mountains featuring Thom Razey and Dan Mangus and Friends, Johnny Bias, and other special guests, to be announced.

The bands will play “American songs,” ones everyone knows and like, and the audience will be encouraged to sing along.

Donations for Red Cross Disaster Relief will be accepted at the show, and guests are encouraged to carpool, and bring lunches. The organizers are also working on a webcast, so it wouldn’t be inappropriate to wear your finest pro-America outfit.

Persons wishing to help out with the concert should call O’Connell at (530) 550-9584.


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