Disaster relief

Updated: With ‘Haiti We Stand’

More local A&E organizations rally to send aid to earthquake victims.

By Laura Dannen January 20, 2010

Emily Nathan, Green Sea, 2009; prints for sale at wall space gallery. Proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders.

A 6.1 magnitude aftershock rocked Haiti early this morning, just days after a 7.0 earthquake destroyed its capital and left an estimated 3 million people without food, water, shelter, or medical assistance.

To put this in perspective, the earthquake that destroyed San Francisco in 1906 ranked a 7.9. The one that started the 2004 tsunami was a 9.1, though the death toll in Haiti could be comparable, news outlets are reporting.

Haiti needs our help more than ever. Local arts and entertainment organizations continue to rally to send aid—here’s the latest lineup of benefit concerts and events:


The Stranger reports that Re-bar will host a benefit concert with sets by DJs Robwhy, Recess (Shameless), Queen Lucky, and more. Proceeds from the door and PBR sales will be divided between the Red Cross and Yele Haiti. 8pm, $8 or $5 with a nonperishable donation.

The Seattle jazz community rallies behind one of its own to organize a series of live jazz acts at seven University District venues, from 9pm-midnight. Checks, cash, and emergency donations will be accepted and will go straight to Haiti, thanks to David Pierre-Louis, owner of LUCID Jazz Lounge who just flew to Haiti to check on his mother (she’s okay) and plans to return ASAP to provide aid. For more information and a complete lineup of bands, click here or visit LucidSeattle.com.


Gethsemane Lutheran Church and Happy Hour Concerts will co-host a classical music benefit at the church’s downtown location (911 Stewart Street) at 7pm. Suggested $25 donations be forwarded to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) International Disaster Response.


Local bands The Maldives, Sweet Water, Vince Mira, Classic Crime, Memphis Radio Kings, and Mike Herrera of MXPX have already signed on to perform at the Moore Theatre in what could be the biggest local benefit this month. All proceeds from this concert and a silent auction will go to the Red Cross, with the goal of raising $20,000 for aid for the people of Haiti. Concert organizers Cody Rossen with Maker’s Mark, the Seattle Theatre Group and a host of local businesses are updating on the event’s website, SeattleHelpingHaiti.com , so check it now for the latest lineup and ticket information. 8pm, $15.

Consider stopping by The Pike Brewing Co before the concert for Washington for Haiti, a benefit organized by Seattle Greendrinks, Seattle Microfinance (SeaMo), ReVision Labs, Global Washington, and Seattle Works. Donations ($20 suggested at the door) will go to microfinance institute Fonkoze, ’Haiti’s Alternative Bank for the Organized Poor.’ Representatives from Fonkoze will discuss their relief projects, and Sunday Evening Whiskey Club will provide entertainment. 6-9pm, $20.


Neumos and Seattle’s hip hop community join forces for the Haiti Relief Benefit Show, featuring Common Market, The Physics, Dino Jamz, SOL, break crew Flying Sneakers, and hosted by Haitian-American Khingz of Abyssinian Creole. Advance tickets ($10) are on sale at Moe Bar, Rudy’s Barbershops, select QFCs, or online here. All proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders. All-ages show; doors open at 7.


Artist Jeff Antebi, whose photograph of the Haitian slum Cite Soleil is on display in wall space gallery’s New Directions 2010 exhibit, will donate all money made from the sale of those prints to Doctors Without Borders and Oxfam. Photographer Emily Nathan also just agreed to donate proceeds from Green Sea to Doctors Without Borders. Email [email protected] with questions. $25, 206-330-9137.

The Seattle Office of Film and Music is also constantly updating its list of benefits around the city. Click here for the latest roundup.

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