Music feels like an afterthought after last week's apocalyptic earthquake in Haiti, which has reportedly claimed the lives of 200,000 people and has left millions of others homeless and desperate. If you haven't already, please make a donation to some worthy charity that is helping in the aid and recovery effort. (Personally, I've made a donation to the American Red Cross.)
If you're musically inclined and are looking for a little reward for your generosity, there are some incredible events happening this week, courtesy of some kind-hearted local and international musicians. See below for a selective list:
EMERGENCY BENEFIT CONCERTS FOR HAITI
100% of funds raised from these benefits will be directed to Doctors Without Borders, Partners in Health and an emergency mobile hospital aid mission organized by the Jewish Renaissance Medical Center.
Wed 01/20 9pm - $75 - Patti Smith, The Swell Season, John Wesley Harding, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Yo La Tengo, Young People’s Choir of New York City, Joshua Bell and Special Guests
Thu 01/21 9pm - $50 - Lewis Black, Willie Nile, Vernon Reid & Corey Glover of Living Colour, Rich Pagano & The Sugarcane Cups, Marshall Crenshaw
Sun 01/24 8pm - $50 - Rosanne Cash, Madeleine Peyroux, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Tambou Combo, BETTY
Mon 01/25 8pm - $20 - 20 Indie artists: Vienna Teng, Amber Rubarth, Ari Hest, Alex Berger, Nate Campany and many more. See Site for details.
Sunday 1/24 9pm - $20
FOR THE PEOPLE! A benefit show for the people in Haiti
All proceeds will go do organizations that work directly with the people of Haiti: Life For the World, Helping Hands Bring Sunshine, and Rural Haiti Project.
Music by Hard Hittin Harry & Madsol-Desar
Performances by: Earthman Experience, Eternia A.D.M., A-Alikes, Homeboy Sandman, Oveous Maximus, Soul Purpose (feat. Maya Azucena & Swiss Chris), Supa Nova Slom, Negus Okai & Brown Rice Family, Najee, Saga One
Wednesday 1/27 6pm - $50
STRENGTH THROUGH UNITY100% of the proceeds will be split between Save The Children and Partners In Health.
A BENEFIT FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI
All performers will be playing abbreviated, acoustic and/or stripped down sets. Scheduled to appear:
New York State Senator DIANE SAVINO
AC NEWMAN of NEW PORNOGRAPHERS plus RHETT MILLER of OLD 97s plus NICOLE ATKINS as a SEEKERS cover band.
HERE WE GO MAGIC
PAT KIERNAN of NY 1
THE WAHOO SKIFFLE CRAZIES
Early birds can come for free food courtesy of GREAT JONES CAFE, DUB PIES, and more.
A special two hour edition of keyboard karaoke will be hosted by SARA SCHAEFER and JOE McGINTY in the front lounge from 11pm-1am