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To do: Love the Captive Benefit Dinner
Anyone who follows Fresno's music happenings with any regularity should be familiar with Love the Captive. The group, mostly lead by Johnny Quiroz (aka Johnny Q), is one of several that are really hustling to bring and promote solid music to Fresno on a continuing basis and were instrumental in the short-lived revamping of Frank's Place on Fulton Street.
A small list of shows they booked in 2010 alone: Mayer Hawthorne, A Place to Bury Strangers, Avi Buffalo, Dan Black, Designer Drugs, Admiral Radley and what could be the best show of the year.
But, as pointed out by Mike Oz over at the Beehive, LTC needs a bit of help moving into 2011 and have organized a benefit dinner, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 27 at Veni Vidi Vici. The dinner party is $28 (that's the advance ticketfly price). They are also taking donations.
You could argue (as has been done in the Beehive comments) the legitimacy of hosting a benefit for what is essentially a for-profit business. But here is the deal: the promoting game ain't easy. Even in cities that aren't Fresno. It's a crap-shoot kinda job that doesn't always end well. The best you can do is believe in what your product and treat people well, which from what I've seen (as an outside observer and a dude in a band), is Love the Captive's MO. Plus, you could do worse than spending $30 on a great meal to help a dude who's supported Fresno's music scene for years.