Doug Green has been supporting musicians most of his life. Now that he has a life-threatening illness, many of those musicians are donating their time to support Doug.
On the evening of Saturday, Sept. 14, Grammy Award winning Peter Rowan, along with Joules Graves, Tina Malia, Alice DiMicele, Joanne Rand, Al Torre and Zero’s renowned drummer Greg Anton are all traveling to play The Mateel Community Center to raise funds for medical expenses for Doug’s battle with cancer.
Local favorite Humboldt Time will play during dinner (meat and vegetarian), prepared by Michelle Wood starting at 6 p.m. The main show commences at 7:30 p.m. There is no charge at the door, as this is a living tribute to a long-standing contributing member of our community. There will be a jar to collect donations that go directly to Doug.
Peter Rowan, with six Grammy Award nominations and a career spanning over five decades, wrote the classics The Free Mexican Airforce and Panama Red, a hit for The New Riders of the Purple Sage. In his early years he played with bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe and later with Jerry Garcia in Old & In the Way, which also included Vassar Clements and John Kahn. Peter will have the audience dancing into the night.
The sharp-tongued Joules Graves, whose rising career was hampered by multiple sclerosis, is making a rare appearance. She’s making her way from Bellingham, Washington, to honor Doug, who himself produced a tribute CD for Joules for her medical expenses.
Doug’s family goes back four generations in the entertainment business. In 1978 Doug joined The Family Dog - a nonprofit communal production company - as the legendary concert promoter Chet Helm’s partner. The two co-produced the Tribal Stomps of 1978 and ‘79 in Berkeley and Monterey.
Doug conceived of and spearheaded the construction of a concert venue at French’s Camp into a concert venue. There he produced the Garberville Music Festival in 1980 and 1982, which the Oakland Tribune described as a "mini-Woodstock."
As a founding board member of the Mateel Community Center, Green was approached by one of its members to produce a benefit festival at French’s Camp after the original community center was burned down in an arson. Doug, along with Carol Bruno and Shelby, started Reggae on the River in 1984. Doug remained co-producer and MC of Reggae on the River for 12 years. He has designed venues, produced shows, and has been an "MC at large" for the past 30 years.
Doug Green will attend the concert, health permitting.
Concert organizer Darryl Cherney called Doug for permission to put on the show and asked who he would like to hear. Doug gave his dream line-up and all who were available said yes. The Lovefest is co-produced by Environmentally Sound Promotions, The Mateel Community Center and Fiesta Verde.
Volunteers are needed and are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Mateel at 923-3368.