What is Lawnstock?
For seven years, my wife Margie and I have hosted a benefit, featuring live music and a silent auction, called Lawnstock at our home in Arcata. This year we have decided to move the event to Perigot Park in Blue Lake and partner with a wonderful non-profit called Hope For Healing. We hope that with a bigger venue, and a small admission charge, we can significantly increase revenue and in turn provide more financial assistance to our beneficiary’s family. Lawnstock 2017 will take place on Saturday, September 9th, from 11am to 7pm and feature live music, a silent auction, vendors, plus an array of tasty food & drinks. SeaSmoke Barbeque will be cooking up the fare and Mad River Brewery will be donating microbrews.
Lawnstock 2017 Beneficiary
This year Lawnstock will benefit a delightful young 11-year-old, named Kiarra Plante. Kiarra became very ill in January 2014 and was diagnosed with Hereditary Angioedema type III in July 2015. She has received treatment at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, UCSF Mission Bay San Francisco, and from a wonderful specialist, Dr. Jacobs, in Walnut Creek. Since 2014, Kiarra experiences up to 6 HAE attacks. She uses several medications to help control her attacks. All of these medications are very expensive — the cheapest is around $13K a dose. Kiarra and her family travel to the Bay Area for medical appointments around 1-3 times per month. In the last year, her mother and sister have also been diagnosed with HAE. Kiarra’s mother, Alisha Watson, and her non-profit Hope for Healing are helping organize the event.
Kiarra, a third generation Humboldt County native, is a bright young lady with a great sense of humor. She loves to keep everyone laughing. She is the youngest of four children. Before her illness, she loved playing sports and doing anything outdoors. Since her diagnosis, she has since spent most of her days in bed. Kiarra does have some good days with minimal pain. When she is feeling better, she loves to return to school on those days and be with her friends.
The following sponsors have already agreed to promote Lawnstock 2017:
- Zwerdling Law Firm
- Mercury Sky Records
- Northcoast Horticulture Supply
- 94.1 “The Lounge.”
- Pierson’s Building Center
- Redwood Capital Bank
- Kathleen Bryson, Attorney
- Mad River Brewery
- Hope For Healing
Lawnstock 2017 is still seeking sponsors and volunteers. Please contact Zach Zwerdling at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
LawnStock 2017 will feature an extraordinary line-up of local bands, and a special guest traveling all the way from Nashville – Amanda Fields.
- Ghost Train
- Dynasty One
- The Detours
- The Yokels
- That Buckin’ String Band
- Amanda Fields
- Rachel Beccaria
- Recommended donation is $10. Kids under 12 may attend for free.
- Perigot Park has an outdoor stage and a comfortable grassy listening area. We recommend bringing lawn chairs, blankets or other seating items.
- Lawnstock is a family event and children are welcome. Dancing is encouraged.
- Lawnstock strives to bring musical diversity. As seen in the lineup, there are multiple genres and varieties of music represented.