A concert for a friend

Death of a sound man brings disparate bands together in fundraiser for his infant daughter.

February 27, 2013|By Rhea Mahbubani
  • Brennan Roach, an acquaintance of Christian DaSilva, looks at a collage of photos of DaSilva at a benefit concert at the Glass House in Pomona on Saturday night.
Brennan Roach, an acquaintance of Christian DaSilva,… (Brittany Woolsey,…)

"I love you, and don't worry," she texted.

"I love you too," he replied.

Riding home on a Triumph Bonneville T100 about four hours later, Christian DaSilva was involved in a collision with a Lexus sedan. He did not survive.

Those were the last words DaSilva uttered to his new, 10-week pregnant wife, Emma Goodman.

"I remember crying and telling them I was having a baby, we were moving in together, and this can't be happening," said Goodman, who woke up from a nap awaiting her husband's arrival from work and instead received a call that changed the course of her life. "I felt very protected by him. He was such a rock for me that when he passed away it was kind of unbelievable, like "He can't, he's so strong, he had to have made it.'"

The 31-year-old Costa Mesa resident departed the hospital clutching only her husband's wedding ring.


Having spent 12 years as a trusted soundman at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, DaSilva was beloved by Orange County's music community.

A real-life pirate. A jokester. A big brother.

That's how DaSilva's friends remember him.

The news of his death spread rapidly via messages, phone calls and social media, triggering an immediate outpouring of support that continues even seven months later.


The show

The Glass House Concert Hall in Pomona hosted a bevy of local musicians Saturday night, including vocalist Roy English, acoustic stalwarts Limbeck and Huntington Beach indie pop band Hellogoodbye. The event was also a reunion show for punk groups Takota and Taken. All proceeds earned were donated to Poppy Monroe DaSilva, who was born Feb. 7.

The audience was greeted by a collage of photographs of the couple smiling, DaSilva goofing around and Poppy right after her birth. Jason Welsher, of To Die For Clothing, stood his ground outside the venue without a sweatshirt to protect him from the cold, printing $15 silk posters.

"Poppy doesn't have a whole lot to go forward on, so a show, or something to kind of get her back on her feet, makes a lot of sense," said Hellogoodbye vocalist Forrest Kline.

Onstage, hardcore punk vocalist Ray Harkins sang (read: screamed) Taken's entire set, which included crowd surfing and Harkins thanking fans for not running out of the room when he "scared the living [expletive] out of most of [them]."

Under the spotlight, Takota's headbanging singer-songwriter Grant Arnow shared the story of his son's birth just the day before, as well as snippets of his time with DaSilva.

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