Memorial benefit concert this Sunday for slain musician Toko Tasi

A lineup of local Southern California musicians plus a surprise guest will perform this Sunday at a memorial benefit show for the daughter of slain musician Toko Tasi.

Tasi, a longtime local musician who collaborated with bands including Sublime and Slightly Stoopid, was gunned down following an argument outside of a Long Beach bar on Aug. 10.

Police later arrested two Long Beach residents in connection with the killing. Thomas Arellaga has been charged with murder, while Lorna Clemena has been charged with being an accessory after the fact.

Tasi with his daughter Lili on Father’s Day.

Several local musicians are now planning a benefit concert to celebrate his life and donate funds to support his teenage daughter, Lili.

The all-ages show, which kicks off at 5 p.m. at Gaslamp Restaurant & Bar, will feature members of Long Beach Dub Allstars, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, Philieano, Zen Robbi and more. There will also be a surprise special guest. Tickets are $15.

In a statement, Tasi’s ex-wife, Andrea, thanked the community for its support.

“As the dust is settling from burying our loved one, we are overwhelmed with love and gratitude as Tasi’s musical community rallies together to create an amazing memorial concert to benefit our daughter,” she said. “This show has some major surprises you will not want to miss whether you knew Tasi personally or not.”

Visit the Facebook page for more info. Tickets are available here.

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Kelly Puente is a general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. Her prolific reporting has taken her all over Southern California—even to the small Catalina Island town of Two Harbors. She is a Tiki mug collector and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].