No Duh rocks Imperial Valley Mall
No Duh, tribute band to No Doubt, performs live before an audience Saturday at the food court inside the Imperial Valley Mall in El Centro. (Fernando Acosta Jr.)
The event was organized by Prime Lending, a mortgage lender.
“Prime Lending wanted to get back to the community,” said Oscar Garcia, event coordinator and loan officer for Prime Lending.
To do that he and branch manager Veronica Platero thought of providing quality concerts and helping charities, Garcia said.
Prime Lending will accept donations for a different local charity at each event, he said, and each event will feature a different style of music.
The event took a month to organize, Garcia said, and this time the charity benefiting from the event was local dancing school Dancin’ Feet.
The studio is raising $36,000 to send its teenage dancers to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, Dancin’ Feet owner Gretchen Simms said.
For almost a year the school and parents have been fundraising that money through raffles, events and sponsorships, Simms said.
They are within “a few hundred dollars” short of the amount, Simms said.
“They’ll be dancing in the streets of New York,” Simms said. “That’s so cool.”
There’s nothing better than family fun and charity, Garcia said.
And fun indeed came with the No Doubt tribute band invited to play called No Duh.
The band, whose vocalist highly resembled singer Gwen Stefani in looks and voice, played for 90 minutes in front of more than 100 people.
All No Doubt’s popular songs were played and many children and teenagers took the opportunity to dance next to the band while waving colorful pompoms with their hands.
“Give it up for the Dancin’ Feet,” vocalist Heather Lounsbury said during the concert. “They are happy and they are dancing.”
“I hope they (Dancin’ Feet) raise the money for their mission,” she said afterward.
“I’m surprised with the turnout,” bassist EJ Curse said. A mall is not the band’s usual venue and it still “came out pretty good,” he said.
“The music is great,” Holtville resident and Dancin’ Feet member Susana Irigoyen said. “Everyone is so upbeat,” she said.
“I didn’t expect so many people,” said Lily Heredia, a Imperial resident and also a Dancin’ Feet member. “Lots of people are getting involved,” she said.
Although she is pregnant and couldn’t dance like she wanted, Brawley resident Diana De Luna said the concert was “really exciting.”
She showed herself as a true fan of the band.
“This is the third time I’ve seen them,” she said.
De Luna took her mother to the concert, even though she said her mother didn’t know anything about the band.
“But I think she likes them,” De Luna said.
“I loved it,” her mother, Katie De Luna, said seconds later.
The next event will be a jazz concert Sept. 24 and the charity benefiting from the event will be the American Red Cross, Garcia said.