Local benefits for Haiti taking shape

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010, 11:02 am by Ben Salmon

In response to the earthquake in Haiti, a couple of local benefit concerts seem to be happening. One is further along than the other, which means you can put one on your calendar, and you could potentially get involved in the other:

-On Sunday, Feb. 7, local humanitarian group Rise Up International will put on “Rise Up & Rebuild” at the Domino Room. Doors will open at 4 p.m., and the cost of admission is $5, with the money going to relief efforts in Haiti. The lineup, according to Rise Up’s Jesse Roberts, includes Person People, Larry and His Flask, Leif James & The Struggle, Haylee & Amanda, slam poetry by Manifestdestiny and Lakes, a mighty fine indie-rock band from California that put out on EP with a cover that always catches my eye in record stores.

-Fast-rising local singer-songwriter Reed Thomas Lawrence isn’t sure yet exactly what kind of Haiti fundraiser he’s putting together, but he’s working on something, and he’s aiming high, if his e-mail today is any indication. If you’d like to participate or help him out, write Reed at reedsepk@gmail.com.

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