Las Cruces-based funky rock band Finnigan and the No Gooders is no stranger to performing at Mountain View Market’s Co-Op Rocks.
Jesse Medina, the band’s guitarist and vocalist, said the event always brings out a variety of people of all ages.
Finnigan and the No Gooders will perform with other artists for the latest Co-Op Rocks Ð “No More Victims” Valentine’s Day benefit concert — from 6 p.m. to midnight tonight at Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo Road, Suite M.
No More Victims raises money to provide medical care to Iraqi children injured by the war, even bringing them to the United States for medical treatment, which Medina said is a cause his band wanted to support.
“Growing up in the borderland like this, everyone kind of sees some sides of that,” he said.
Shahid Mustafa, general manager of Mountain View Market, said the Co-Op hosts two or three music events per year, which often raise money for various causes.
“It’s been a good way to get the message out to young people in the community,” Mustafa said.
And this time, he volunteered to perform at the event.
“It was just kind of coincidental that what they (No More Victims) were trying to promote was something that I believed in strongly,” Mustafa said. Cole Miller founded No More Victims from his Los Angeles dining room in September 2002.
“I wanted to show the human face of what so many in the media call collateral damage,” Miller said in a phone interview from Los Angeles.
Although the event is free, Miller said donations will be accepted to help bring more Iraqi children to the United State for medical care and support.
“Certainly the human element is not being covered, we never hear what somebody’s name was or how it affects the family,” Miller said.
The event will include performances by 3/5 HUMAN, Shahid Mustafa, Zealots of Anarchy, Starmaggot, The Horror From This House, Kultivation, Finnigan and The No Gooders, comedy by Red and Paz and more.
“I think it will help get the message out, maybe it will help interest people who are aficionados of that music and encourage young people in the area to attend,” Miller said.
Miller and Ann Cothran, community coordinator for South Carolina’s No More Victims, will present information about No More Victims from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Co-Op.
To learn more about No More Victims, visit www.nomorevictims.org. Jenn Kistler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org