Bright futures from Bay Area underground music scene claimed in Ghost Ship fire

- Two more artists from the Bay Area's creative underground music scene left loved ones mourning in Oakland and in Benicia after Saturday's devastating three-alarm fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland's Fruitvale District. 

Cash Askew of Oakland may have been 22, but loved ones called her an old soul. She was someone who had already found comfort in her own skin and true love with her girlfriend Anya Taylor. 

"She was a genius and amazing and gorgeous, but she's also like a person that was so strong and she fought for her friends and she loved so hard," said Taylor. 

Askew, a transgender woman, came from a family of artists and musicians and in college connected with Kennedy Ashlyn, with whom she formed the group Them Are Us Too 

She says Askew was the only person she ever felt comfortable making music with. 

"Cash is my best friend in the entire world. She is my creative collaborator. She had such a unique thoughtfulness. I've never met anyone so thoughtful. 

Her friends say Askew moved through the world with grace. 

They hope she'll be remembered not just for her music, but for how well she was loved. 

"I can't even begin to express how lucky we all are to have known her," says Ashlyn. 

Also in Oakland, Travis Hough spent his time making music as a member of the band, Ghost of Lightning

His music manager says he was a bright light, someone who never met a stranger. 

"He was always really positive about everything and like super optimistic whenever he comes in the room, he kinda brightened it up and get everyone happy and stuff like that," said his manager Brandon Dreaper. 

Hough, originally from Benicia, spent time as a glass blower. Dreaper says he was always interested in inspiration, even interviewing other artists about the source of their creativity.

He also used his music to help elementary school kids as a creative arts therapist.

Dreaper thinks Hough would have wanted that to be his legacy. 

"I think Travis would just want people to be themselves, keep expressing themselves no matter what the difficulties are. 

 

 

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