Five Musicians We'd Love to Have Play Our Living Rooms

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The Cost of Doing Alright
The hottest crowd-funding project in the world right now is Washington DC resident Erick Sanchez's admirable Kickstarter effort towards getting yacht rock great Kenny Loggins to play a 75 minute acoustic set in his living room. You read correct, Sanchez's quest to raise the $30,000 in order to bring the "Danger Zone" home has seen his efforts praised everywhere from Gawker to "Jimmy Kimmel Live." After hearing Sanchez's story, we at the Weekly began seriously contemplating (or, to coin a phrase, "brainstarting") which five acts we would love to see rock the house at our house. Here are the Five Musicians We'd Love to Have Play Our Living Rooms.


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Local Festival Music For Humanity Raises Funds and Awareness for Syria

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Mustafa Eshanzada and Tarick Rockn
Mustafa Eshanzada and Tarick Rockn began performing as under the moniker Digibot in 2011, and in less than a year the Inland Empire producers organized their inaugural Music For Humanity benefit concert. The fundraiser makes its way to Orange County this year with Music For Humanity: Syria, delivering a diverse lineup to The Yost Theater in Santa Ana on August 9. The upcoming show will bring back repeat performer and globally recognized hip-hop artist Omar Offendum, Digibot, and a handful of support that includes Ted Z and The Wranglers, Evertheory, and Italix. "The way I look at it, this is a non-profit, smaller, local version of Coachella," Rockn says. "[The atmosphere] is like a rock show, but there's something for everyone. Everybody's there to have a good time."

Each incarnation of Music For Humanity aids a new cause, and this year's event for Syria raises awareness and funds for people impacted by the war torn region. All of the proceeds from ticket and merch sales will go directly to Islamic Relief USA, a non-profit organization that will assist Syrians in need of food and medical supplies. Eshanzada and Rockn note that a recent shift in border conditions will allow Islamic Relief to take supplies directly into Syria, versus aiding refugees in neighboring countries. The duo chose Islamic Relief because of their positive interactions working with them in the past, and the organizations ratings from non-profit watchdog site Charity Navigator.

See also: Sound Movement Uses Clothing to Fight India's Sexual Trafficking Epidemic

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The Offspring Did Something Amazing For a Fan on Reddit

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Reddit fan RRMuttonchop and his girlfriend posing with the Offspring backstage in Philidelphia
Imagine being a fan so desperate to contact your favorite band that you turn to Reddit, throwing up a plea for their attention like a flair in the night hoping they'll see it and get back to you. Then imagine they actually did.

That's pretty much the experience one Offspring fan had when he tried to do something nice for a childhood friend who'd been hospitalized in a car crash days before they were supposed to see the band perform in Philadelphia.

See also: Seven Things You Didn't Know About Smash

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Rickenbacker Auctions Guitar Signed By REM to Benefit Local Musician Bob Hawkins

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Bob Hawkins
During a concert at Laguna Beach's Cliff Restaurant on May 5, Bob Hawkins suffered a heart attack while performing with the Ken Garcia Band. Incredibly, Hawkins, a veteran guitarist and fixture of the Orange County music scene, finished the set before heading off to the hospital. The feat of endurance was typical of Hawkins, says friend and bandmate John Hall. "Bob is a working man's musician, out performing almost every night of the week. We don't have a lot of guys like Bob. He's a dyed in the wool Orange County musician."

Hall plays with Hawkins in OC rock band Hautewerk. He also happens to be the CEO of Santa Ana's iconic electric guitar and bass manufacturer Rickenbacker. To offset Hawkins's staggering medical bills, the company is auctioning off a classic Rickenbacker 360 JetGlo guitar--a model popularized by the Beatles--signed by Michael Stipe, Bill Perry, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills of REM. All proceeds from the auction, which runs from July 17 to July 27 on eBay, will go straight to aid Hawkins's recovery.

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Dana Point Residents Rally to Rebuild King's Club Barbershop

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The scene outside the King's Club Barbershop fundraiser
By: Brooklyn Arnest
On January 19th, a devastating electrical fire took place inside the heart of King's Club Barbershop. Aside from $225,000 in damages to the shop, thankfully no one was physically injured or hurt. Not only were Mike Swenson and the guys affected by the fire but what seemed to be the entire community of Dana point. Last Saturday, hundreds of people turned out for a fundraising event to help rebuild the destroyed shop. The event was hosted at Hobie surf shop in Dana Point. The vibe felt more like a huge family BBQ than a typical charity event, laid back surfer types populated the area in front of the shop, laughing, eating, drinking and catching up.

Swenson was busy working away like any other Saturday, giving his customers cuts and shaves outside, which definitely added to the old-school essence of the benefit. There was raw, folky and soulful live music being played by South County's own two favorite gems, Live Oak Revue and Vinnie and the Hooligans; who are also customers of Swenson; Scott Young of Hooligans also works as a barber for him. Back when we profiled them for our Locals Only column, we actually did it inside the shop.


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Sound Movement Uses Clothing to Fight India's Sexual Trafficking Epidemic

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Jordan Lovelis at India's only indoor skatepark.
The final days of Detroit Bar are approaching and while there's an expectation of live music and celebratory farewells, the battle against sex slavery doesn't immediately come to mind. Sound is a budding clothing line created by local skate boarders Jordan Lovelis and Chris Weigele, who aspire to combat human trafficking through music, art, and skate boarding. Their February 26 show at Detroit Bar features Santa Barbara synth-rockers Fmlybnd, local dance outfit Tapioca and the Flea, and folk rockers Reverend Baron. Snagging one of the last dates at Detroit Bar means more than a night of music and selling merch for the burgeoning company, it's a run at raising funds for their humanitarian efforts in India.

Lovelis and Weigele started Sound to spread their message through an effort they call the Sound Movement. Phase one of the movement targets young men in India who are at risk of participating in the prostitution of young girls, and the co-founders aim to reach them through skate boarding. Lovelis shares that the philosophy behind Sound Movement is simple, eliminate the demand and eliminate the supply. By educating and informing young men about the consequences of sexual slavery, they hope to impact their choices and heighten their respect for women.

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Drummer Candace Hansen Teaches Girls the Value of Being Loud

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By: Anna Escher
Candace Hansen is the person in the room who everyone wants to hang out with. She wears skinny jeans and square sunglasses above a silver Monroe piercing. The Garden Grove native has the restless, forward-driving presence of the punk rock drummer that she is, and the agenda of someone who wants to change the world.

"You play drums like a man," Hansen was once told after playing a gig. Ironically, since the beginning of 2013, she's taught that same confident musicality to girls and women at Rock Camp for Girls OC.

See also: Not Just A Camp...It's a Passion for "Girls Rock Camp Orange County" !


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Service Your Soul at Harvelle's Brings Homeless People the Blues, In a Good Way

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Hunter and the Dirty Jacks
There are a bunch of people congregating in the dark crevices of a Los Angeles blues bar, plotting to subvert the system, overthrow the music-industry machine and lift up the downtrodden. Most of whom have played in this bar too many times to count. But instead of talking about music, these co-conspirators are talking about a music-business revolution.

Cevin Clark, owner of Harvelle's in Santa Monica, the oldest existing blues club in Los Angeles, enlisted the prestigious law firm Gibson Dunn, working pro bono, to determine whether he can turn his business into a nonprofit. The idea came from the success of the club's Tuesday-night Service Your Soul music residency with rock/blues band Hunter and the Dirty Jacks.

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Weekly Photographer Andrew Youssef Could Use Your Support. Find Out How to Help!

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Andrew Youssef with Trent Reznor
Searching Andrew Youssef's name online offers a new surprise just about everyday as more and more outlets grab hold of the story of the beloved Weekly photographer battling Stage IV colon cancer. In the last week or so, he's caught the attention of everyone from CBS News to Rolling Stone, NME, and People Magazine. Of course, Trent Reznor's tear-inducing tribute to Youssef at a recent Nine Inch Nails show in Las Vegas helped a little.

And now it seems that not only is his story getting out there, but Nine Inch Nails fans and supporters of Youssef from around the world are seeking him out to get him any kind of financial and emotional support they can offer. Some NIN fans even put together a Facebook group specifically to connect and figure out a way to help our warrior Weekling. Well, now they have one.


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Dr. Freecloud's Record Shoppe Turns to Pledge Money for Survival

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With Record Store Day fast approaching, it's probably a good time to highlight a local house of wax that could use some saving. This month, Dr. Freecloud's Record Shoppe--one of the last OC dens of avant garde electronica--is hosting a pledge drive to help keep their doors open. The Fountain Valley store ripped a page from the public radio playbook and started an Indiegogo pledge drive on March 1 to help raise money for inventory, cover bills and enough rent to stay afloat for a couple months. So far, the drive--which ends on April 15--has garnered the business a little over $,4000 of its $14,500 goal. With less than two weeks to go, time is undoubtedly of the essence. More »

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