Pop Songstress from North Bay Returns for Fire Benefit in Sonoma

Olivia O;Brien comes to the Redwood Barn at Gundlach Bundschu

Olivia O;Brien comes to the Redwood Barn at Gundlach Bundschu (Photo: Courtesy of Olivia O'Brien)

Teens suffered the same traumas as their parents during the North Bay Fires. They too lost their homes, their possessions, the places they love the most, even if they hated life in a small town. Olivia O’Brien, the 17-year-old songstress, can relate. O’Brien lives in Los Angeles now, but she grew up in Napa, and she doesn’t have many fond memories of the city. She says she was bullied by other kids, but she was still heartbroken when she heard about the fire.

“The one thing I really loved was the scenery, the vineyards the hills,” she told me by phone after a recording session. “If I was feeling sad, I could just take a drive up into the hills, up on Partrick Road, and it would just always make me feel better. So when I heard about the fire, the most devastating thing for me was all that beautiful stuff had burned down.”

Gundlach Bundschu Winery President Jeff Bundschu has booked O’Brien for an all ages fire benefit concert at the winery’s Redwood Barn. The little 200-seat music hall should fill up fast. Details here.

Pop Songstress from North Bay Returns for Fire Benefit in Sonoma 27 November,2017Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report. ┬áHe loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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