Looking for an update on how the music world is helping with Haiti relief efforts? We’ve gathered updates on everything from benefit shows to benefit tunes to donating shoes to a raffle for a signed guitar.
Haiti Relief Concert
KCRW 88.9 FM and Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre are teaming up to put on a Haiti Relief Concert Feb. 6. All proceeds go towards Operation USA’s relief efforts in Haiti.
The show features indie-rock band Dengue Fever, Joey’s Altruda’s Crucial Riddims & Reggae Greats Revue featuring Wailing Souls, Elan, Eljai and specials guests, cumbia band Very Be Careful, all-star reggae group The Lions, experimental rock group The Tuffingtons, Echodelic Soundsystem and DJ Miles Perlich. The event is hosted by veteran radio DJ Junor Francis and Live Daily’s Alexis de la Rocha.
Tickets to the show are $25 each.
Rhymesayers Presents: A Benefit For Haiti
Rhymesayers Entertainment is putting on its own benefit for Haiti Feb. 9 at First Ave in Minneapolis.
Atmosphere’s Slug is hosting the event, which features performances by Brother Ali, Freeway & Jake One, Sage Francis & B. Dolan, I Self Devine, Sims, Muja Messiah, Toki Wright, BK One, DJ King Otto and Kevin Beacham.
Tickets are $20 each with all proceeds going to Oxfam America, Doctors Without Borders and Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti foundation.
Love For Haiti
OneWorld Experience and Bluecrash Media are helping out by producing a 36-hour fundraiser at New York’s Webster Hall. The goal is to raise at least $50,000 for Haiti with all proceeds going towards Doctors Without Borders.
“Love For Haiti” begins tomorrow, Jan. 28, at 5 p.m. and concludes Jan. 31 at 5 a.m. The event will be live for 12 hours on those three nights between 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Webster Hall is planning on displaying a huge life-like projection of live video of the fundraiser on the venue’s exterior wall, in addition to a live Twitter feed. Supporters can also check out the video on USTREAM. The Crystal Method will take the stage Jan. 29 with the band’s performance featured on “Love For Haiti’s” video stream. The event will also feature a special presentation by the Quarterly Art Soiree.
"By employing innovative technology as the marketing platform, we aim to bring a great amount of aid to Haiti," said Morgan Freeman, the co-producer of “Love For Haiti” and founder of Bluecrash Media.
Donations can be made in person at a booth in front of Webster Hall as well as online through Doctors Without Border's website, www.doctorswithoutborders.org.
Blige & Bocelli’s Bridge Over Trouble Water
Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli are joining forces to sing Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Trouble Water” at Sunday’s Grammy Awards during a fundraising segment for Haiti relief.
After the show, the duet will be available for download at iTunes.com/Target, with all proceeds going towards Haiti relief efforts via the American Red Cross.
The Grammy Awards airs live Sunday on CBS at 8 p.m. PST.
Shaggy Rises Again For Haiti
Shaggy, the Jamaican reggae rapper best know for his 2000 hit “It Wasn’t Me,” has recorded an original song called “Rise Again” with proceeds from the download going towards earthquake survivors through the Digicel Haiti Relief Fund.
Digicel is the largest mobile telecommunications operator in the Caribbean.
“Rise Again” features Jamaican reggae star Sean Paul, Haitian musician Belo and soca singers Alison Hinds of Barbados and Destra Garcia from Trinidad and Tobago.
“‘Rise Again’ is for the people of Haiti. It is to show them that we are here for them and that we will support them each step of the way as they begin rebuilding their lives,” Shaggy said.
Live Shows With Borders
Wilco is encouraging fans to donate through the honor system. The alternative rock band has posted two live shows on its Web site as free downloads. In exchange for downloading the gigs, the band asks that fans donate $15 or more to either OXFAM or Doctors Without Borders.
Wilco explains that “both organizations ask that you donate to their Emergency Relief Funds which allows them to spend the money on situations such as Haiti, but, not expressly limited to Haiti.”
The live shows include Nov. 4’s gig at HMV Forum in London and July 13’s performance at KeySpan Park in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jessica Simpson’s Shoes
Jessica Simpson wants to talk shoes. And no, not footwear from her own self-titled line or her favorite pair to wear on stage. The singer, along with her hairdresser Ken Paves and pal CaCee Cobb, has teamed up with Nashville-based charity Soles4Souls and 5000Shoes.com to help send one million pairs of shoes to Haiti.
Soles4Souls explains that a good pair of shoes is so important to Haitian survivors because the earthquake left behind broken glass, twisted metal and raw sewage.
Simpson is encouraging fans to "do everything that we can for the victims in Haiti. Just five dollars will buy two people a pair of shoes."
Click here to donate through 5000shoes.com.
Guacamole Guitar Raffle
The Guacamole Fund, a Hermosa Beach, Calif.,-based public charity, is joining relief efforts by raffling a guitar signed by Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Ben Harper, Joan Baez and Ry Cooder.
The charity’s Web site describes the guitar as “a Fender Squire Strat “Affinity Series” Tremolo with 3 single coil pick ups and 5 position blade, serial number CY 08075163.” A second prize winner will receive a collection of donated CDs and signed DVDs from Brown, Raitt, Harper and Baez.
Raffle tickets are $100 each and the raffle takes place Jan. 31 at 12 p.m. PST.
Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Haiti through Operation USA, which will bring in “necessary relief supplies such as portable electric generators, water bladders, water purification tablets, hospital supplies and medications.”
For more information, click here for The Guacamole Fund’s site.
Hope For Haiti
It would be hard to find someone that could deny that Friday’s “Hope For Haiti Now” telethon was a huge success. The live event, which featured appearances from celebs and live performances from artists across all genres, brought in $57 million in donations toward Haiti relief.
The accompanying Hope For Haiti Now CD is doing just as well.
The album debuted at the top of the charts and was the biggest one-day pre-order in iTunes’ history. The compilation CD sold 171,000 units over the weekend, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
People can buy individual tracks for 99 cents each or the entire 20-track album for $7.99. The album features performances by Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Stevie Wonder, Shakira, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Neil Young and Dave Matthews. Proceeds from the album go to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, Oxfam America, Partners in Health, Red Cross, UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme, and Yele Haiti Foundation. Proceeds from the studio version of "Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)" by Jay-Z, Rihanna and U2’s Bono and the Edge will go to Partners in Health