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Beats for a Bench: Music and art to benefit veteran's memorial Saturday in Long Beach

May 20, 2011 |  3:05 pm

Saturday in Long Beach, an all-star array of local beat musicians will pay tribute to fallen U.S. Army Sgt. Israel Garcia, a longtime Long Beach resident.

Organized by friends and supporters of Garcia, who was killed in 2008 while serving in Afghanistan, Beats for a Bench will take place at Long Beach's Expo Center (4313 Atlantic Ave.). It seeks to raise funds for a memorial bench at Garcia's alma mater, Long Beach Polytechnic High School. Additional money raised will go in support of the Long Beach City College Veterans Group to "create an on-campus memorial to honor veterans, and to U.S. vets to help them accomplish their goal of the successful transition of military veterans and their families through the provision of housing, counseling, career development and comprehensive support."

The event commences at 4 p.m. with a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary "Restrepo," followed by a silent auction, an art show and performances byThavius Beck, Steve Nalepa, DJ Nobody, Static Cast and other "special guests." Sound will be handled by bass gods Pure Filth.

Tickets are on sale now. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

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