Haiti benefit gigs at Music Farm and Pour House 

Local bands come together to raise funds, this Sunday and next

In the week or so after the events in Haiti, number of Charleston shops, restaurants, clubs, and organizations arranged a variety of benefit shows, fund-raisers, and donation programs (see a list here).

Two of the biggest live music venues in town — the Music Farm and the Pour House — recently announced multiple-band showcases aimed at raising funds for relief efforts in Haiti for earthquake victims. While the official rosters are still taking shape, each bill already looks like an impressive show of support from the local band scene.

Awendaw Green proprietor Eddie White swiftly assembled a full-days worth of acts for the Earthquake Relief Show: Help Haiti this Sunday (Jan. 24) at the Music Farm. Proceeds from donations at the door (they're asking for $10) directly benefit the American Red Cross. The bill features Mac Leaphart, Tater Famine, Ryan Bonner, A Fragile Tomorrow, Megan Jean & The KFB, The In-Laws, Justin James Burke, The Whisperjets, Doug Jones, Mary's Got a Band, The Whisperjets, Doug Jones, Danielle Howle, Josh Roberts and Leslie Branham, and Cary Ann Hearst & Michael Trent. Doors open at 3 p.m.

Next Sunday (Jan. 31), the Pour House hosts the Benefit for Haiti with live performances by local rock bands Gaslight Street, James Justin & Co. (featuring James Justin Burke), Stratton & Moore, Passionistas (in El Bohio at 6 p.m.), Tyler Mechem, and other local acts. The event aims to raise money for earthquake victims in Haiti through the Yéle Haiti organization. Established by musician Wyclef Jean, Yéle Haiti is a grassroots movement "inspiring change in Haiti through programs in education, sports, the arts and environment." Doors to the main music room open at 7 p.m. A $10 donation is requested at the door.

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