Fitz fiends for the return of live entertainment but knows that our event industry has struggled more than most in this pandemic with no source of income while the business has been in ‘Stay At Home’ status. 98KUPD, #DrinkInAZ, Jack Daniels, Sweet James, Safeway/Albertons Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief have partnered with ‘Musically Fed’, a local charity organization which provides food and essentials to those in the industry who are in dire need during this time. This collection campaign would span 6 weeks February 15th through March 26th and culminate with a hosted drive-thru event on March 27th hosted by Rhino Staging and Video West where we fill up vehicles with donations received.
Normally, on any given day, you would see Musically Fed working with artists, promoters, venues and catering teams to donate excess tour catering to charitable organizations that serve the homeless & food insecure, especially veterans. Due to COVID-19, we are not in normal times. Currently our own industry is in desperate need of help and Musically Fed has stepped up to the plate. Partnering with Rhino Staging, we are helping to provide food and dry goods to those in need in the entertainment/music industry.
Meet some our local friends in the industry that have been “On The Beach” due to the pandemic. They represent a small part of how deep this has effected the industry and who needs help until live entertainment returns to our lives.
Badger: House Manager/Head of Security/Band Security at the Marquee Theatre. I’ve also worked for a small production company that built staging and lighting for the Casinos and other corporate events around the Valley…
What you are currently doing to keep the lights on – Unfortunately I was injured in a accident which could have been deadly 3 months after work stopped. I was Hospitalized for 4 months. I’m on disability at the moment until I get the thumbs up from the doctors to return back to work anywhere…
What you miss the most from working in the business – the people you work with on a daily basis. Definitely like a second family with one another. Working with many different artists and the touring crew as a whole.
Bob, AKA BBQ Bob: Production Runner, Truck Driver for The Dirtyheads Tours, Backstage Security.
I miss seeing all the faces of the local production folks that you work 12 to 20 hours a day with to make sure all the fans have the best live show experience that day, I miss the excitement and energy of the crowd, I miss giving that fan a guitar pick, setlist, drumstick, or watching them get to meet their heroes. Seeing the energy of a mosh pit, I miss seeing fans sing out loud and dance with smiles on their faces having a good time and escaping into the music and the moment.
Chief: I work for Slipknot and have been employed by them since 2004. I am a percussion technician and set carpenter. When they aren’t on tour I’ve worked for numerous other bands such as, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Kesha and Marc Anthony just to name a few. I also work at most or all the local venues when not on tour with these bands
What you are currently doing to keep the lights on: I recently picked up a job with Piedmont Airlines, ground handling for American Airlines.
What you miss the most from working in the business: I miss the comeraderie of my fellow touring family.. and I use the word “family” because that is what you become when you spend months on end on a tour bus, traveling all over the world. Its a bond like no one else knows.
Nick: Production Manager, Head of Audio Department at Video West Inc. / Former Tour Manager
What you are currently doing to keep the lights on: I’ve been doing some handyman jobs on the side. And fortunately, I’ve also been able to pivot my skill set into the recording studio by doing voiceovers, mixing, and the occasional video edits.
What you miss the most from working in the business: Aside from consistent paychecks? I really miss the energy and connection that only a live event could bring. Big or small there’s no match for that kind of excitement. I also miss seeing my touring friends coming through at shows and being able to pop in to say Hello.
Britt: For the past 10 years, I’ve had many roles in the music indusrty. I stated off as a local runner and then acted as the Executive Operations Assistant at Ak-Chin Pavilion. I traveled as a VIP Manager with bands such as Slipknot, Korn, Disturbed, Dream Theater, and the Mayhem Festival to name a few. I worked on credentials and ticketing for Goldenvoice festivals like Coachella, Arroyo Seco Weekend, and Panorama. 2020 was gearing up to be a great one! I started off as Festival Production Coordinator, looking forward to building Pharrell’s the Something in the Water Festival on the beach in Florida followed by VIP Managing a world tour that would’ve rounded out the year.
What you are currently doing to keep the lights on: Recently I’ve been working on TV and film sets in California as a Covid Compliance Officer. I’ve also been working on local events with ProEm.
What you miss the most from working in the business: I miss my touring family, traveling, and being part of building memories for thousands of fans. There’s a special bond you form when you live in close quarters together on a bus or a festival site. Working never-ending hours in sometimes impossible conditions; strangers quickly become family.
How UGuys can help:
- Make a $ donation directly online to Musically Fed via their PayPal portal.
2. Join the 98KUPD crew out on Wednesdays during the campaign as we collect non-perishable food items at our neighborhood Safeway/Albertsons locations. We are only accepting the following items:
- Bags/Boxes of Pasta & Sauce
- Canned Fish/Meat
- Canned Fruits/Veggies
- Jars of Peanut Butter
- Dry Beans
- Bottled Juices
- Wednesday, February 17th 4:30pm – 6pm. – 340 East McDowell Road in Phoenix
- Wednesday, February 24th 4:30pm – 6pm – 4316 South Signal Butte Road in Mesa
- Wednesday, March 3rd 4:30pm – 6pm. – 3800 West Happy Valley Road in Glendale
- Wednesday, March 10th 4:30pm – 6pm. – 1951 West Baseline Road in Mesa
- Wednesday, March 17th 4:30pm – 6pm. – 12320 North 83rd Avenue in Peoria
- Wednesday, March 24th 4:30pm – 6pm – 6965 North Hayden Road in Scottsdale
For those that work in the event industry that are in need we ask that you must reach out directly to the team at Musically Fed 480-951.1882 to be a recipient.