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Humming a tune to help homeless

Pablo Cruise drummer and wife put on benefit blues concert
By: Stephanie Garcia, Loomis News Correspondent
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Local musician Steve Price, drummer for Pablo Cruise, and his wife, Nancy, are hosting a blues concert to benefit the homeless. The Prices, who live in Loomis, are passionate about helping those less fortunate. With the assistance of their friend and local blues singer, Dana Moret, they have organized Be The Change, an all-star blues concert and spaghetti feed at 7 p.m., Dec. 9, at the Blue Goose Event Center. All proceeds will benefit the homeless through The Gathering Inn and Loaves and Fishes. Entertainers scheduled to appear at Be The Change include local band Mr. December, featuring Dana Moret, Jim Papastathis, Ted Stancliff, Steve Dunne from Cold Blood, and Steve Price from Pablo Cruise. The blues band will perform their original songs and popular Christmas favorites. Also appearing is singer and songwriter Evan Zee and many others. “I’ve been very blessed in this life, and I want to help those in need,” said Nancy Price. “I believe it’s always better to give than to receive.” Since childhood, Nancy Price has been acutely aware of the plight of the homeless. Growing up, she knew that if it weren’t for the help of her grandmother, her family might have faced a similar fate. “On cold nights, I remember thinking about the people who lived on the streets and I always wanted to help them,” she said. Nancy and Steve Price came up with the idea of a concert after reading an article about state funds that were cut to local homeless shelters. “The thought of people having nowhere to go on cold winter nights compelled us to do something to help,” she said. “Because Steve is a musician, holding a benefit concert just seemed a natural direction.” Steve Price is a member of the band Pablo Cruise. Pablo Cruise had several hits in the 1970s and continues to play today. With a little help from friends and fellow musicians, the Prices have brought together numerous entertainers committed to donating their time, talent and services. Local businesses have also pitched in to help. Skip’s Music donated a Squire by Fender Guitar with amplifier, case and stand for the benefit and the Prices had several musicians, including all of the members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, sign the guitar. The guitar will be part of a silent, online auction at bethechange.cc. Other items will be raffled off at the event, including gift certificates and wine from local merchants. Tickets to the all-ages event can be purchased online or at Blue Goose Produce. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and spaghetti dinner tickets are $6. Beer, wine, bottled water and sodas can be purchased separately. All proceeds will be donated to The Gathering Inn and Loaves and Fishes. Both charities are non-profit organizations benefiting the homeless. These funds will help provide shelter and hot meals to the homeless this winter. As for Nancy and Steve Price, organizing the event has been a rare opportunity to effect important change in a cause close to their hearts. “I’ve personally known people who have become homeless and it’s not always a result of addiction,” Nancy Price said. “We want to create an event where people can come and have fun, but also know that they are making difference.” The couple said they hope Be The Change attendees will feel good knowing that the money spent will directly affect someone’s life for the better. BE THE CHANGE What: Blues concert, spaghetti dinner, silent auction and raffle to benefit the homeless Who: Benefits The Gathering Inn and Loaves and Fishes charities. When: 7 to11 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9. Doors open at 6 p.m. Where: Blue Goose Events Center Price: $15, $20 at door, Kids, 10 and under, are free. Dinner is $6. Contact: Nancy Price, info@bethechange.cc Information: bethechange.cc