I am devastated by the tragedy of the Oakland Fire that claimed 36 lives and has been deemed the worst structural fire in California since the 1906 earthquake. Not only is Oakland my birth city, but the fire took place during an electronic music performance at an art warehouse. That is my scene. This is my community.
During the aftermath, I’ve seen friends mark themselves safe on Facebook. In honor of the victims, I’d like to check myself in to the Oakland Fire.
I could have used this forum to launch into a debate about the ongoing struggles artists face including affordable housing, but honestly I am stuck in the sadness phase of grief. The victims, the attendees, the performers, the warehouse inhabitants represent the best of our society—talented creators as well as those who supported local artists and musicians.
My heart goes out to all those who are affected and are reeling from this loss.
Fund for victims setup by local non-profit Gray Area Foundation for the Arts
Fund for victims matched by Oakland A’s, Raiders, Warriors, and Sutter Health
Video of Obscura Machina show that took place at the Ghost Ship warehouse in June of this year. I could totally see myself at this warehouse, grooving to the music, hanging out with friends.