September 14, 2012 at 7:13pm
Louie Galarza's personal motto and one that he shares through his pizzeria, Louie G's in Fife, is "Welcome to my dream-you're all in it."
So, it's only appropriate that Galarza would name his first annual 10-band show and fundraiser for Northwest Harvest, "DreamFest 2012."
With an amazing mix of bands, half of them underage, DreamFest is an all ages rock show happening this Saturday from 3 p.m. to midnight at Louie G's Pizzeria.
While the bands and the cause are what this festival is about, let's backtrack a little to Galarza himself, so we know a more about this dream he's living.
"I started on the stage when I was 9 and retired when I was 22," says Galarza. "When you're 14, 15 years old sitting in the back of the club, it's no good."
Growing up in the Bay area, and spending a stint being homeless 17 years ago, Galarza has now found his flow with "family, food, fun and music."
Louie G's has great line ups nearly every weekend.
"We're not a club," he says. "We stop selling alcohol at 11 p.m., there's no fights, no puking. I actually sell a ton of pizza, so when the bands come play, it's so they can put food on the table or pay for an apartment."
And perhaps, most importantly, the shows are all ages.
"It's so crucial for young people to have access to live music, especially good live music," says Mischa Peckham of Witchburn, one of the bands set to play DreamFest. "Speaking from personal experience, I know that rock n' roll saves lives, and heavy metal soothes souls."
DreamFest 2012 will help save lives in more ways than one. As a benefit for Northwest Harvest, a nonprofit that collects and distributes food to approximately 300 hunger programs in Washington state, the event hopes to rake in nutrient rich food and monetary donations.
"Being in the community is almost like family, you learn from one another and you support each other," says Jason Kertson, who will play DreamFest with his band, Jason Kertson and the Immortals. The talented group, who has worked with Megadeth's Dave Mustaine have already played 10 benefit shows this year.
"Just because you should use your music for good," says the rising 15-year-old musician and youtube star.
Klover Jane, The New Originals, System 7, Riot in Rhythm, Amadon, The Fail Safe Project, Withcburn, Jason Kertson and the Immortals and TBA. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com , from any of the bands, or at Louie G's Pizzeria, 5219 Pacific Highway East, Fife, (253) 926-9700.
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