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Local bands to hold benefit concert for His Rock Music in Cumming following fire

Earlier this month, a fire destroyed sound equipment and thousands of vinyl records at the building slated to become the new location of His Rock Music.

The store, which Bob Johnson has owned and operated for more than a decade, was in the process of relocating to downtown Cumming .

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The space at 318 Dahlonega Highway, slated to be Johnson’s store’s new location, erupted in flames and destroyed nearly 4,000 records, CDs, and musical equipment. Johnson said he estimates about $30,000 worth of merchandise was destroyed.

But it didn't take long for the community to step up to help Johnson. In the days following the fire, a GoFundMe campaign was started by a member of Johnson's church to help him recover some of his losses.

And now, local bands say they will come together to hold a fundraiser for the store, which has served as a venue for many of them over the years.

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A benefit concert to help Johnson's store is slated to happen from 3-10 p.m. on Feb. at the Ponce De Leon Music Center in Cumming.

"His Rock Music has been a staple and safe haven for musicians in north Georgia for more than a decade. This concert is to benefit His Rock Music, all proceeds will go towards rebuilding His Rock's inventory that was devastated in a fire," a Facebook post for the event reads.

Tickets for the show are $20. Attendees can receive a $2 discount for every vinyl record they bring to donate.

“His Rock has done so much for us, it's time we give back to Bob,” the event’s organizers wrote.

A list of the confirmed bands can be found here.

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According to Channel 2 Action News, the fire began in a storage closet of an adjoining store.


Our Rock Benefit Concert
3-10 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 8
Ponce De Leon Music Center 
1060 Dahlonega Hwy, Cumming, Georgia 
Tickets: $20

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