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Bryan Harrison Band to play Nomad Cafe benefit in wake of Oakland
In the wake of a spree of "take-over style" robberies plaguing Oakland
in recent weeks, one neighborhood and community has decided to come
together in support of one of the small businesses victimized by this
senseless violence. The Nomad Café (6500 Shattuck Avenue,
robbed at gun point just after closing two weeks ago and will be the
site of a benefit concert this Friday evening, September 5th from
7:00pm to 9:30pm, in support of those directly affected by the robbery.
Café was established 5 years ago and was an immediate hit in a
neighborhood that was lacking an identity. The Nomad became the home to
many in the neighborhood and those moving thru from Oakland to Berkeley
in search of a warm, friendly, eco/green/fair-trade place to hang out.
"The Nomad Cafe
has spent the past five years building and supporting our community,
and we appreciate all the support the community has shown us in
return," said Nomad owner Christopher
Waters. "We want the proceeds of our supporters' generosity in
the aftermath of this recent crime to provide a much-needed
rehabilitation of the spirits for the members of our staff who
experienced the robbery that night. Funds will also be used to
help fund security enhancements at Nomad Cafe," he explained.
Admission to this event is free, but donations will be welcomed. Music
will be provided by two local bands familiar to the Nomad Cafe: Bryan
Harrison Band and Kevin
Beadles Band, each of whom will perform about an hour long set.
"We initially thought we would at least donate whatever monies we'd
normally make at a gig like this from tips and CD sales," said Bryan
Harrison. "But to have the community come together like this is a truly
beautiful thing. It's taken on a life of its own."
Ron Kriss, a longtime
community business owner and activist is a friend of Waters' and has
taken it upon himself to help orchestrate the benefit on a bit larger
scale. "We have other businesses in the area that have suffered similar
fates from these types of crimes," he explained. "We need to support
these local businesses not only when things are going right, but also
during the tough times and I love what Christopher stands for -- he is
a great father, dedicated to the local public schools, an avid
community participant in so many issues, and he runs a great
café," he added.
A raffle will be held throughout the evening with prizes donated not
just by the bands, but by community businesses looking to help and make
a difference. "So, while the show is free, we're hoping to be able to
raise a $1,000 or more for Christopher and his staff," Bryan explained.
The Nomad Cafe
is located at 6500 Shattuck Ave in Oakland near the Berkeley border.
Showtime is from 7:30-9:30 on Friday September 5, 2008, the Nomad is
usually a busy place on a normal evening and this will provide a chance
for old timers and newcomers to experience the "neighborhood defining
Nomad café" so you are encouraged to get there early.
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