The 25th-annual Jazz in the Pines is barely over and already, another three-day music festival is planned for the following weekend.
Brian Parnell of Throw The Goat is organizing Idyllwild Strong, a Cranston Fire benefit festival, from 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, at various venues throughout Idyllwild.
“More than 13,000 acres of our mountain home plus houses and property of our neighbors were destroyed in what has been dubbed the Cranston Fire, which was set by an arsonist on the last week of July 2018,” he wrote on a Facebook page. “The community has banded together after the fire but many people are still in dire need of help, especially those who lost everything in the blaze.”
The festival is free and open to all ages. More than 40 bands will be playing at a dozen venues (see list). Auctions, raffles and donation stations will be set up at each venue, along with vendors.
Young Idyllwild, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is sponsoring the event. All monies raised will be dispersed among the victims who lost their homes, and all donations made will be tax-deductible, according to Parnell. The up-to-date schedule will be posted on the Idyllwild Strong Facebook page.
Venues are: The American Legion Post 800, Mountain Maniacs Arcade, Idyology, Town Hall, Middle Ridge Winery Tasting Gallery, The Backroom, Fratello’s, The Lumber Mill, Bear Claw Tattoo, Plant Food Supper Club, Higher Grounds and Merkaba.