Quake relief concert Saturday

Quake relief  concert SaturdayBy BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer

The Indian Wells Valley will be treated to a different sort of rocking this weekend – in the form of Soundstorm’s Earthquake Relief Concert on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds.

Nino Agostinacci of “Throttle” with Joshua Neild and Pete Southward of “The Sheleighlys” — both local bands — formed the nonprofit Soundstorm to host music events to support charitable causes. In recent years the members have arranged concerts to raise funds for the Ridgecrest Relay for Life.

“This first annual concert is a step toward doing this on a more permanent basis,” said Agostinacci.

The festival features local bands “Foreseers,” “Love & War” and “Jade’s Trick,” in addition to Agostinacci’s and Neild’s bands. Tickets are $5 each at the door, and the event is from 4 p.m.-midnight. The first run of promotional material says the concert is in the fairgrounds’ Sage Hall, but the concert venue has switched to the Desert Valleys FCU Community Center (formerly Mesquite Hall).

“It’ll be in the building with the noise coming out of it,” said Agostinacci.

In addition to live music, there will be food and drink vendors and family-friendly activities, games and raffles.

All of the event’s proceeds will benefit the people of Ridgecrest, Trona, Inyokern and surrounding areas who were financially impacted by July’s earthquake sequence. “Nobody is making any money off of this,” said Agostinacci. “The vendors are all making donations, the bands are doing it for free and everybody is volunteering.”

Funds will be collected by the Ridgecrest Lions Club, which will facilitate all relief. Anyone who has been impacted by the quakes can contact the club for assistance.

“That was one of our biggest hurdles – figuring out how to be responsible and accountable with the money we raise,” said Agostinacci.

He said the Lions will evaluate people’s needs, such as home repairs or construction, and will seek out contractors or other service providers. The club will pay for whatever work needs to be done directly.

“We don’t want to enable scammers or anything like that, and we want to be completely transparent,” said Agostinacci. “We want people to know this is on the up-and-up, and we’re doing it for the right reasons.”

For more information, see the “Earthquake Relief Concert” event page on Facebook.

The Sheleighlys (pictured here performing at the Historic USO Bldg.) will perform Saturday night — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2019-08-02