This past Saturday at the Dakota Lounge in Santa Monica, friends, family, fans and musicians got together to make a positive difference in their community.  The concert experience that brought some fans to the Dakota Lounge in Santa Monica, featured special performances from 8mm, The Sister Ruby Band, and Standing Shadows.  If you were there on Saturday, you were part of that palatable energy that flowed through the venue, and your contributions are making a difference in the community as you read this.  Check out the photos and take a look back at Rabbits Black Presents: 8mm, The Sister Ruby Band, & Standing Shadows – a concert experience to benefit PATH (People Assisting The Homeless).

For all of the lofty comparisons that The Sister Ruby Band receives regarding their recorded material, live the band is even more deserving than that.  With a smoky haze enveloping the trio, the energy and passion that Marlon Rabenreither brought conjured up visions of the legendary rock stars from the 60s and 70s.  The only thing that could stop the band was a broken guitar string from the appropriately abused guitar of Marlon.

Then there was 8mm.  What can be said about their performance?  A die-hard fan probably said it best: “They are absolutely on fire tonight.  This is the best I have ever heard them!”.  There’s two ways to perform.  You can walk into a show, pick up your instruments, play your set list, and head on out for the night.  And then there’s how 8mm performs.  You don’t hear 8mm, you feel them.

Standing Shadows debuted their two person live DJ Set for the late night crowd.  It’s never easy playing after a headliner that just left fans chanting for more, but their dance and rock party blend hit it’s stride only moments in.  With Matt Becks on the deck, the set was dance heavy until Dan Silver grabbed his guitar and Becks went on drums to bring it to a whole new level.  It’s a new era for Standing Shadows and it’s going to be better than anything they’ve done before.

With your generous contributions, together we raised enough money to put a homeless family in our community into permanent housing.  PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) will be working with the family directly, helping them move into their home, and then guiding them in the process of finding a job and sustaining their new life.  Because of you, one less family will be on the streets next month and their lives will forever be changed.

If you would still like to donate to the cause, you can do so by e-mailing for more information.  A few of the limited edition concert posters are still available and you will receive one shipped directly to you in exchange for your donation.  Please put “Concert Poster Donation” in the subject line.

Keep up with the latest news and tour dates for the bands at their links below:

8mm ~ The Sister Ruby Band ~ Standing Shadows

And continue to be involved with PATH by volunteering your time and efforts- or simply stay in touch with them to follow the inspiring stories of progress that they are making with real people in our community.

We’ll be uploading more photos soon, but you can view and purchase the first set of prints from Sergio Martinez at By The Sea.  We’ll have a video up next week, so keep checking back.

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