songs for haiti benefit thursday

This is the first local, large-scale benefit for victims of the Hatian earthquake that I know of, organized by local dynamo/musician/blogger/organizer Stephen Marc Beaudoin.  It’s called Songs for Haiti, and it features a who’s who of local Portland’s classical and non-classical musicians.  And it benefits Mercy Corps, which is notable among major charities in that they are committed to staying in Haiti for the foreseeable future in order to get the shattered nation back on its feet.

The list of performers is still evolving, but it already includes Storm Large, Thomas Lauderdale, Janice Scroggins, Jun Iwasaki and Grace Fong-Iwasaki, Cool Nutz, Portland Cello Project, and many more.  Another great thing about this event (held at the Aladdin Theater) is that Ticketmaster is donating their fees from the event to Mercy Corps as well – so this is the one time that you can know that the ticketing charges are going to a good cause!  Bravo to Ticketmaster for this small but gracious gesture.  All of the artists are donating their talents to the evening, and the Aladdin is also donating the use of its facilities for the event.

Even if cannot attend, please consider going to the Mercy Corps website and donating whatever you can afford.

Here’s the complete info for the event:

WHAT: “Songs for Haiti,” a benefit concert for Mercy Corps featuring a diverse line-up of Portland music luminaries.
**one performance only**
Thursday, January 21, 2010, 7:30 pm at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, Portland.
Call 503-234-9694 for more information. Tickets go on sale 10 am Tuesday, January 19
WHO: Featured artists include pianist Thomas Lauderdale (of Pink Martini), hip-hop artist Cool Nutz, Portland Cello Project, Grammy-nominated pianist Janice Scroggins, Oregon Symphony concertmaster Jun Iwasaki, singer-songwriter Holcombe Waller and the legendary Storm Large, among others.
TICKETS: $30, all seats (general admission). Call 503-234-9694 or go to for more information – tickets go on sale 10 am Tuesday, January 19.

One Reply to “songs for haiti benefit thursday”

  1. Quite an uplifting event, profound thanks to all who attended and performed. I think the count is still growing over $200K…pretty amazing, Portland. There’s another bennie on Sunday night @7:30 at Kennedy School/McMenamin’s in NE PDX. COME!

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