Rock concert to benefit local woman |

Rock concert to benefit local woman

The Union StaffDatura, along with six other bands, will perform a benefit Saturday at Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building.
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A simple card and some flowers would have been just fine. Instead, when the Zeischegg family learned of a friend’s mysterious gastric illness, they opted not only for roses and heart-felt sentiments, but for a good dose of rock ‘n’ roll, as well.

Local chiropractor Karen Zeischegg’s intent was simple … she desperately wanted to help out her close friend, who has no medical insurance and has fallen ill to a disease that is foreign, even to professionals.

After racking her brain for ways to help, it was not until Zeischegg’s son, Chris, offered a suggestion that her answer was clear.

“She is a family friend, and I really wanted to help out. She’s a single mom, and I was just frustrated that I couldn’t help while she just wasted away. But then Chris suggested that we do a rock concert benefit for her, and here we are,” said Zeischegg.

And thus, the guitar-studded “get well” movement was put in motion.

Chris quickly got his own heavy metal band of a year and a half, Datura, in the mix, as well as local favorite, Pipedown.

Also donating some time are Sacramento bands Beneath the Ashes, Lifelongtragedy, Torcher, With Passion and No Regard.

All groups have toured throughout Northern California and will come together on Saturday for a concert in the name of

their friend, and of course … rock ‘n’ roll.

“We’re trying to make enough money to pay for the whole concert and have some left over to give to our friend,” said Chris Zeischegg.

This is not the first time that he and his bandmates, Sam Olive, Gabe Finlay and Jesse Sabin, have extended a helping hand. “We’ve played benefits before. Our last one was for a charter school that had lost some money,” said Chris Zeischegg.

Whether it be for a school or a community member in need, local bands, such as Datura and Pipedown, have shown that a little music can go a long way in supporting others who could use a little help.


WHAT: Benefit concert featuring Pipedown, Datura, Beneath the Ashes, Lifelongtragedy, Torcher, With Passion and No Regard

WHEN: Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m.

WHERE: Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn St.





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