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Friday, September 25, 2015

Musicians Rally at Castro Block Party to Help 8-Year-Old Girl Fight Brain Cancer

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 at 12:52 PM

I've said it before, cancer "is a scourge of humanity; a child killer, friend stealer and all-around bastard that has touched a majority of people on the planet in its many malevolent forms." I really did say that almost a year ago to the day in this very blog, writing about a benefit concert for a friend with stage IV lymphoma. Now I'm writing a similar story about a similar fundraising event, only this time it's to help an 8-year-old girl with brain cancer.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Miley Cyrus and Joan Jett Rock Out for LGBT and Homeless Youth

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 11:54 AM

Miley Cyrus officially launched The Happy Hippie Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to rallying young people to fight the injustices faced by homeless youth, LGBT youth, and other vulnerable populations, today.

Cyrus is kicking the foundation off with a new video series called "Backyard Sessions" that will feature collaborations between herself and various artists. The first video, released today, features Joan Jett and Cyrus singing Jett's "Different." 

The video, posted to the singer's Facebook page, includes a special new "donate" button that allows Cyrus fans to make a direct donation to The Happy Hippie Foundation. Cyrus is one of the first artists to use the new "donate" feature, so it'll be interesting to see how the new technology works out and what other plans Facebook has in store for it. According to the foundation, funds raised from the video series will help create digital support groups for LGBT youth and their families.

It's not the first time Cyrus has stood up for vulnerable youth. She famously had a homeless teen accept accept her MTV Video Music Award, and was one of the many artists who called out the Indiana Governor over a discriminatory religious freedom law. And this all isn't without reason: According to the Williams Institute, 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT. Whether or not Cyrus can help fix that problem by playing music in her backyard with some of her friends remains to be seen — but her hearts definitely in the right place. 
Happy Hippie Presents: "Different" featuring Joan Jett

Officially launching The Happy Hippie Foundation today with #HappyHippiePresents: Backyard Sessions! Watch the full video of Joan Jett and i performing “Different” now and donate to help us raise funds to create digital support groups for LGBT youth and their families #HappyHippie All the videos will be released here first so check back soon for more special musical collaborations!The Happy Hippie Foundation is dedicated to fight the injustices faced by homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations. To learn more about the foundation, click here:

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Mighty Plans Benefit for David Miles, San Francisco's Godfather of Roller Skating

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 4:00 AM

David Miles, Jr. defies gravity on the cover of Skate Express in 1987. - VERL MEYERS
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  • David Miles, Jr. defies gravity on the cover of Skate Express in 1987.

David Miles, Jr. has been San Francisco's leading ambassador of roller skating for more than 30 years. Nicknamed the Godfather of Skating, the founder of the California Outdoor Rollerskating Association has been gathering revelers on wheels for Sunday boogies in Golden Gate Park since moving here in 1979, has led a 10-mile Midnight Rollers Friday Night Skate around the city since 1989, and continues to throw events both throughout the Bay Area and in Black Rock City. His parties are both a portal in time to the skating scene of the '80s and confirmation that skating is still an exceedingly fun activity, especially when set to music.

But late last month, Miles and his family saw their home in the Richmond District filled with smoke after a one-alarm fire started around 10 a.m. on Jan. 23. "I got a few burns, but nothing a little skating won't cure," Miles posted to Facebook afterward. He and his family were taken to the hospital. And now the local music community is planning a benefit for them.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Beloved Bay Area Hip-Hop Photographer D-Ray Needs Help Paying for Surgery

Posted By on Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 6:00 AM

D-Ray Archer (right) and hip-hop star Drake.
  • D-Ray Archer (right) and hip-hop star Drake.

D-Ray Archer needs no last name in the West Coast rap world; she's widely known as one of the few female photojournalists with a street stamp of approval up and down the state. Her deep love for the local Bay Area scene is apparent to anyone who talks to her for five minutes.

But now D-Ray needs help from her community: She's raising funds for an urgently-needed surgery for an undisclosed but life-threatening condition.

"D-Ray has played a major role in giving Bay Area artists visibility outside of the Bay Area," says Julia Beverly, publisher of Ozone, a leading Southern rap media company in Atlanta. D-Ray served as West Coast editor for Ozone West, a dedicated magazine within a magazine when Ozone published in print form. "Every time I've met a West Coast artist, DJ, etcetera, I felt like I already knew them through D-Ray's photos."

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Like Free Outdoor Shows? Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival Wants Your Help

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Good times at Mission Creek's McLaren Park show. - MISSIONMISSION.ORG

We're proceeding under the assumption that your answer to the above question is nothing but a resounding "Hell yes." And having thus agreed that free outdoor shows tend to be wonderful, consider supporting the Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival's quest to put on such an event next month in S.F.'s McLaren Park. The two-year-old annual concert is a nascent summer tradition, and while this year's lineup hasn't been announced yet, past performers include the Fresh & Onlys, Kelley Stoltz, The Dodos, Devendra Banhart, and Vetiver.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Attention! Helios Creed Has His Own Beer Now

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Helios Creed, beer model
  • Helios Creed, beer model

Good news: You can finally put an end to all those half-lucid drunken arguments you've had about what kind of beer S.F.-based psych-noise pioneer Helios Creed would be if he were a beer. (You've had those arguments, right?)

Now there's an official answer, because the Burnt Hickory Brewery, of Kennesaw, Georgia, has created a new beer in honor of the former guitarist of acid-punk pioneers Chrome.

And what is it? Can we get an warped, blown-out drum roll, please ?

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Smash Mouth's Steve Harwell Promises to Eat Two Dozen Eggs -- for a Cause

Posted By on Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Steve Harwell: Ready to eat eggs. - THRASHHITS.COM
  • Steve Harwell: Ready to eat eggs.

Steve Harwell, the frontman for the San Jose-based '90s pop rock band Smash Mouth, is getting ready to eat a couple dozen eggs -- for a price.

As soon as $10,000 has been raised on behalf of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on, Harwell will down 24 eggs, according to the gossip site Oh No They Didn't.

Apparently, a lot of you want to see Harwell get sick: So far, the campaign has raised $5667.50.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bay Area Jazz Cats Put On All-Star Lineup to Support Saxophonist Dayna Stephens

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 1:40 PM

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You've probably never seen so many Bay Area jazz musicians on a concert program. This Fourth of July, an All-Star Bay Area musicians lineup of four bands with 22 musicians total -- including Marcus Shelby, Lavay Smith, John Santos, Ray Obiedo, and Faye Carol -- will perform at Yoshi's San Francisco.

What got all these local jazz cats in the same room? Or rather, who? The answer is 33-year-old Bay Area saxophonist Dayna Stephens, whose performances and recordings have earned praise from the New York Times and other publications. Unfortunately, the occasion is not one to celebrate.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Help S.F. Singer Meklit Hadero Bring Her Music to Ethiopia Next Month

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Meklit Hadero
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Ethiopian born, S.F.-based jazz singer Meklit Hadero is planning a big trip to Ethiopia next month to perform for the people of her native country. It's her second such visit, after a similar journey in 2009. Hadero will perform for free in two places in Ethiopia, and she and her band plan to give workshops while there. She's asking fans and the public to help fund the trip.

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