Counting Crows Benefit Concert Provides Hope and Healing for Many



On Saturday November 18, the Green Music Center was proud to host a North Bay fire relief benefit concert presented by The Family Coppola in partnership with BottleRock Presents. American rock band Counting Crows, with special guest Brett Dennen, took the stage as a packed house filled Weill Hall in anticipation. Concertgoers were able to enjoy a fun-filled evening of music and the benefit concert proved successful as $230,000 was raised toward the North Bay Fire Relief Fund and NomaGives.

As President Judy Sakaki, one of many victims of the fire, said in her speech before Counting Crows took the stage, “We are grateful that we are still here… grateful that we are still strong… grateful that we still have one another.” This sincere sentiment goes to show the power of community and togetherness in these times of trouble.

As the dust continues to settle from wreckage left by the North Bay fires, Sonoma State University continues to support its students and staff affected by the devastation. As a way of giving back to campus community members, the university initiated Noma Gives, a donation branch under the banner #NomaCares, which provides a way for people to give as well as receive aid.

And as for the North Bay Fire Relief fund, they are still accepting financial donations to assist fire victims and aid relief efforts, with 100% of the tax-deductible donations going directly to support those affected. To donate, text “Green” to 56512, or visit the North Bay Fire Relief Fund’s website at

 1.) Adam Duritz, lead singer of Counting Crows 2.) Opening Act Brett Dennen, folk singer and songwriter