On Sunday, October 23, The Tribe performed a relief concert at the E Spot Lounge in Studio City, Calif. for the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.
Hurricane Matthew was the strongest hurricane to hit the Caribbean since Felix in 2007. It left a trail of destruction in Haiti and stunned those emerging from the aftermath. This devastation prompted The Tribe’s executive producer, Kevin Wachs, who is also CEO of Earthly Body, Inc., to organize a relief concert to help the hurricane victims in Haiti. He called upon, Lauri Reimer, project developer and production team member of The Tribe, to spearhead an event quickly. By the time the night was over, the Tribe had raised $3,658 in relief funds.
Reimer, also a singer/songwriter and event producer and promoter, confirmed a show date at the E Spot Lounge, upstairs from Vitello’s
Italian Restaurant in Studio City, CA, and within two short weeks, a full-scale concert came together featuring more than twenty Tribe members.
The Tribe is a collective of professional studio and touring musicians and singers who donate time to perform concerts for various causes. Since its inception in the Spring of 2015, they have performed three full-scale benefit shows – a Beach Boys tribute at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, a Rock n Roll Christmas show at California State University-Northridge’s Plaza del Sol Performance Hall and The California Saga – a Musical Journey of the California Sound, for two nights at the El Rey Theatre.
Combined, The Tribe has raised funds exceeding $60,000. Proceeds from these shows have gone to a number of charities that help people and the environment, which have included:
City of Hope
The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation
The Rescue Train
The Beauty Bus Foundation
For this latest event, the list also includes Pure Water for the World, a non-profit organization started in 1999 with a mission to improve the health and livelihood of children and families living in underserved communities in Central America and the Caribbean. They provide effective tools and education to establish sustainable safe water, hygiene and sanitation solutions. Pure Water for the World is based in Rutland, VT with offices in Tegucigalpa and Trojes, Honduras and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Tribe shows are sponsored by the Get Together Foundation, created by Kevin and Mare Wachs, and its mission states that 100% of the money raised goes to the designated cause.
The Haiti Relief show featured Freebo (Bonnie Raitt, CSN), Marc Mann (Danny Elfman, Jeff Lynne), Rob Bonfiglio (Wilson Phillips), Ginger Blake & Marilyn Wilson-Rutherford (The Honeys), Jeff Alan Ross (Peter Asher, Badfinger), John Wicks (The Records), Dave Pearlman (Dan Fogelberg, Bobby Womack), Al Keith (Dave Wakeling, Sugar Ray), John Pratt, Kevin Wachs, Jay Cohen, Lauri Reimer, Michael Stern, Lois Blaisch, poet Stephen Kalinich, Gary Stockdale, Adam Daniel, Scotty Mitchell, John McNeely, Steve Goddard, Pete Wagonhurst and Dan Rosen.
For The Tribe’s next show, they will return to CSUN’s Plaza del Sol Performance Hall on Sunday, December 4th for an all star PEACE LOVE & UNDERSTANDING concert featuring Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon, Debbi Peterson of The Bangles, Carnie Wilson & Rob Bonfiglio of Wilson Phillips, Carly Smithson of American Idol and We Are the Fallen, Marcella Detroit (Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker), Rosemary Butler (Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt), and most of the cast members listed above.
This upcoming show will benefit the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Burn Foundation and the Spark of Love Toy Drive. Tickets are available at the VPAC box office: (818) 677-3000
For more information call the Get Together Foundation: 818-727-7884 www.thegettogetherfoundation.com
And visit www.thetribeband.com