ALAMEDA -- It's time to get up and go-go for Alameda's public schools. A fundraiser for art, music and drama programs -- Going to à Go-go -- is set for the evening of Nov. 9 at the Alameda Elks Lodge.
Talk of Da Town, a Motown and doo-wop a cappella group that made the finals of NBC's "The Sing Off" in the show's second season, will perform. The group includes Andrew Lockwood, who works at Haight Elementary School.
The Devil-Ettes, a group known for its high-energy shows, also will take the stage. It features Dorinda von Stroheim, a parent of students at Edison Elementary School.
"We have been able to raise a lot of money for the schools in the past few years," said Pete Fletcher, who co-produces the annual benefit events with Drew Harrison and also will serve as emcee and disc jockey for the evening. Past events have included Beatles tribute band The Sun Kings.
"This year, with the groups we have, it's going to be a great, fun night for dancing," said Fletcher, who attended Alameda public schools, as did his wife and two children. "We have a new venue, as well."
In addition to the music, guests will be treated to savory snacks, he said, as well as a no-host bar from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $30, with a portion of the proceeds set to go to the Alameda Education Foundation's Adopt a Classroom program. They can be bought at the door starting at 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave., or online (
"We think this is going to be the best party of the year, with the delightful Devil-Ettes kicking off the show," said Fletcher, who runs Pete Fletcher's Hand-Picked Oldies DJ service. "People will really enjoy the dancing and the music. It will be a night to remember."
What: Going to Go-go schools fundraiser
When: 7 to 11 p.m. Nov. 9
Where: Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.
Tickets: At the door or at www.AlamedaEducation.org