SoCal music scene rallies for local concert photographer following breast cancer diagnosis

On September 22nd, an inspiring and heartfelt benefit show was held at Aquarius Bar and Grille in San Diego to rally support for Sue Burns Olson, a cherished member of the Sun Drenched Vibes community who is courageously battling breast cancer. The event was organized with the primary aim of raising funds to cover the significant costs associated with Sue’s chemotherapy treatments.

Sue, known for her vibrant presence within the San Diego reggae scene, has touched the lives of countless individuals with her warmth and passion. For anyone who has attended a Reggae event in San Diego, Sue’s familiar face can often be found in the photo pit, capturing the essence of the music and the joy of the crowd as she skillfully photographs the great bands that pass through the scene.

Sue is a friend to everyone and a staple of the San Diego reggae scene. 

The evening was not only a testament to the strength of the San Diego community but also a testament to Sue’s enduring spirit. One of the highlights of the event was a silent auction featuring a variety of items generously donated by local bands and businesses. All the proceeds from the auction were dedicated to supporting Sue in her fight against cancer. Heartfelt contributions came from beloved names such as Jah Feel, The Holding Company, Hodads, Muffin But Good Vibes, Golden State Greens, Sandollar, Cali Strong, South Coast in OB, Aaron Wolf, Krystal Dyer the Artist, Man of the Forest, VIP School of Music, and Hiking My Feelings.

The musical lineup for the night showcased the incredible talent within the reggae community. Kicking off the show with a burst of high energy, Indica Roots blended punk and reggae songs, setting the tone for the evening. Moni Light continued to keep the energy levels soaring, and her solo performance was a special treat for those in attendance. I was personally stoked to catch her set since this was my first time getting the chance to see her perform solo. The Resinators delivered a mesmerizing set that left the audience yearning for more, and Tomboyce Avenue skillfully kept the positive vibes flowing.

The night continued with outstanding performances by The Tones, Equal Rights Band, and the crowd-favorite, Synrgy. Sandollar graced the stage with their unique sound, paving the way for the headlining act, Ease Up, who never fail to leave a lasting impression.

For those who wish to extend their support to Sue and her family, a GoFundMe campaign has been set up. Donations, no matter how big or small, are greatly appreciated and make a meaningful difference in Sue’s journey towards recovery. If financial contributions are not possible, sharing the GoFundMe link across social networks and within your community can help spread the word and garner more support for this beloved member of the reggae family.

Together, we can make a difference and help Sue overcome the challenges that lie ahead.

Visit the GoFundMe page here to offer your support.

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