The month of November is a time of giving thanks for the blessings that we have, a time of family, friends, and coming together. This Thanksgiving has been especially hard for many of our friends and family that live in the south county of the greater 805. With horrendous events of the Borderline Bar and Grill shooting (and Woolsey Fire) that plagued our community at the beginning of the month, it is important that the 805 community unites and provides support for each other in a time of need. Many families have lost loved ones, friend, or their homes to the devastation this month – it is during this time of heavy-hearted emotions that we (a community) unite to support each other in whatever way we can. Whether you have been there to provide a home for someone, or a just being compassionate to a friend or family member who is grieving, the community is reconciling from the trauma in our community in various ways. One collective of local 805 DJ’s is helping the community reconcile by hosting a benefit show this week to help the victims families of the Borderline Bar and Grill shooting.
Tech 805, a group of talented DJ’s and electronic dance music producers, is stepping up to help the community reconcile their emotional dysregulation through something that unites us – music and dance. With two stages and a lineup that boasts local artist talent, Tech805 wants the community to grow in a time of darkness by holding “Tech805: Borderline Benefit” on November 21st at 8:00pm at Ventura’s Hong Kong Inn. The collective idea was the bring the community together and make a fun safe environment that helps to aid in creating unity in commemorating the 12 lives that were lost on the evening of November 7th.
Nick Vasquez, fellow DJ and producer (Allan Guerreo), founder of Tech805, spoke out regarding the events that occurred on that fateful night and expressed that,
“The benefit makes me feel as if we can bring the community together in times of need as well as grow from the tragedy. We can’t allow ourselves to be hindered by fear of a possibility that something like this might happen. If we allow that fear to insure us, we simply will not be living our lives.”
Their comments resonate with many of those who have experienced horrific gun-related violence in the past years facing our country and provides insight as to how we may be able to cope and move through a trauma within our local 805 community. The need to be resilient and use this horrific trauma as a platform to make a more tight-knit and empathic community may prove to be an asset for long term healing and increased awareness for upcoming events in our local area. Tragedy is a time for us to reflect and grow, both mentally and emotionally – where there is darkness, the light will break through and strengthen our community in-whole.
The Tech805 collective will be donating proceeds from this Wednesday’s benefit show to the Borderline victim’s families. In addition, all 911 responder will have free admission to the event as part of Tech805’s collective way of saying thank you to our local heroes. For more information about the show, please visit https://www.facebook.com/tech805/ .