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311 raised more than $16,000 for local food bank

311 raised more than $16,000 for local food bank

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311 raised more than $16,000 to benefit Food Bank for the Heartland.

Rock band 311 hosted a pair of fundraisers benefiting the Food Bank for the Heartland in the band’s hometown of Omaha.

A livestream of a previously recorded concert raised $5,714, and an auction of dozens of signed posters from the band’s 2019 tour brought in $10,865. The total donated to the food bank was $16,579.

“We’re of course thinking of everyone during these trying times, especially family and friends back home in Omaha. When we heard of food shortages in the region, it was important to us to reach out and partner with them,” 311 singer/guitarist Nick Hexum told The World-Herald.

“We are grateful for the support from Omaha’s own 311 and the band’s fans,” Brian Barks, president of the food bank, said in a statement. “The need for emergency meals is greater than ever while food donations are down by nearly 50%.”

This year, 311 had planned an extensive 50-state touring schedule to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The band’s first show took place in 1990 at Sokol Auditorium.

But the band’s 2020 summer tour with Incubus was canceled.

“We’re all at home, spending time with family and waiting to see and hear what will come of touring for the rest of the year,” Hexum said. “Obviously everyone’s health and safety will be most important. Personally, I’m finding some quiet time to write music, which keeps me busy and creative.”

One small upside: The band has had more time to work on music.

Members have been working separately from their home studios, Hexum said.

“We’re fortunate everyone can work from their home spaces for now, so when we’re back to things we can all have some ideas to kick around,” he said.

Formed in Omaha, 311 includes Hexum, SA Martinez, P-Nut, Tim Mahoney and Chad Sexton. The band moved to L.A., and its self-titled 1995 album has been certified three times platinum.

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Kevin Coffey is the music critic and entertainment reporter, covering music, movies, video games, comic books and lots more. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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