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Sacramento music venue to hold a hurricane relief concert featuring Caribbean music, food

This photo provided by the Royal Navy and taken on Sept. 24, 2017 shows the devastation left by Hurricane Irma in Great Harbour, British Virgin Islands.
This photo provided by the Royal Navy and taken on Sept. 24, 2017 shows the devastation left by Hurricane Irma in Great Harbour, British Virgin Islands. AP

Torch Club owner Marina Texeira read about the devastation that Hurricanes Irma and Maria had wrought in the Caribbean, and the frustration and sadness of people who had lost everything.

“I thought, ‘Why don’t I see if I can get a fundraiser together?’” she said. Within a couple of hours of posting her idea on Facebook on Tuesday morning, she had locked in a dozen bands for the event, and assembled a small army of volunteers to help her organize it.

The fundraiser is scheduled for at 5 p.m Wednesday, Oct. 4 at the club (904 15th St., Sacramento). The cost is $10, and all proceeds will benefit families whose homes and possessions were swept away in the storm.

The hurricanes claimed dozens of lives in the Caribbean, including in Puerto Rico and Dominica. Thousands of people are without homes, fresh water, fuel, electricity or phone service.

Texeira said money generated by the Torch Club benefit will go to two GoFundMe accounts for families affected by the storm.

The event will feature as many as 15 musical acts, including Orquesta Taino, a Northern California band with ties to Puerto Rico, Texeira said. Other participants include Brandy Robinson, the Watt Avenue Soul Giants and Red’s Blues. Caribbean food will be served.

“Normally, it takes months to plan something like this,” Texeira said. “But sometimes, when you get the energy and idea to make something happen, you just have to roll with it.”

Cynthia Hubert: 916-321-1082, @Cynthia_Hubert

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