Benefit concert announced for North Bay wildfire victims

A group of Bay Area businesses and philanthropists announced Wednesday they have raised $6.5 million for North Bay fire relief efforts and are hosting a benefit concert next month to support the cause.

Band Together Bay Area, a coalition that includes Google, Kaiser Permanente, Marc and Lynne Benioff, the San Francisco Giants, Levi Strauss Foundation and others, is hosting the concert on Nov. 9 at AT&T Park, featuring Metallica, Dave Matthews, G-Eazy and other artists.

Tickets for the concert go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday at bandtogetherbayarea.org or Ticketmaster.com and start at $49.50 per ticket.

The best seats for the show will be donated to first responders, volunteers and families impacted by the wildfires, which started on Oct. 8 and have killed dozens of people and have destroyed thousands of homes.

Organizers said 100 percent of ticket sales will go to the Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund and will be directed to North Bay community foundations and service providers that help the low-income communities hit hardest by the fires.

“The North Bay fires are the worst humanitarian disaster California has faced since the 1906 earthquake, and it will take a massive community effort to repair the devastation,” Marc Benioff, chairman of Salesforce, said in a statement.

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