Your Big, Honking Guide to Haiti Benefits and Valiantly Intentioned Fundraising Efforts, Non-Wyclef Musical Edition


Wyclef’s Yele charity has recently drawn a firestorm of criticism, but he’s not the only musical figure trying to mobilize folks and funds on behalf of Haiti. There’s also an impressive number of benefit concerts and music events happening in the city over the next few weeks, plus a series of ongoing efforts from the likes of Lady Gaga to Clipse to Blink-182. Our exhaustive round-up of the ways artists are attempting to involve their fans, and the general public, in the relief effort, be it downloading a new song (or a great cover of an old one), buying a custom T-shirt, or sending that ever-so-simple text message. Did we miss something? Kindly leave it in the comments.


Last night, New York’s City Winery kicked off a four-night series of benefit concerts with the goal of raising $100,000 to fund a mobile hospital aid mission organized by the Jewish Renaissance Medical Center, as well as Doctors without Borders and Partners in Health, the largest non-government provider of health care in Haiti. Tonight’s second installment features comedian Lewis Black, and music from Willie Nile, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Vernon Reid & Corey Glover of Living Colour, Rich Pagano & The Sugarcane Cups, and Marshall Crenshaw. Tickets are $50. The Winery is also offering “Big Hearted Donor” tickets, which are $200 and include a bottle of their Haiti Relief Fund wine, bottled for the occasion, and signed by all of the performers.

Brooklyn Bowl has ?uestlove and Q-Tip DJing tonight. As always there’ll be bowling, but just for the benefit shows, there’ll also be Haitian-inspired food by Blue Ribbon. To get in, it’s a minimum $10 donation.

UPDATE: Talib Kwali has been added to the line up of guest DJ’s at tonight’s Brooklyn Bowl event.

Music vs. Hunger, a New York-based organization that raises money for the Food Bank of NYC through live shows, is putting on two special events to benefit Haiti. The first, at the Cake Shop on Thursday, features NT Trio, Mr. Dream, Sunshower Orphans, and Signal Break. Tickets are $6 with a canned food donation and $7 for empty-handed jerks.


What began as a “bi-coastal” telethon called Hope for Haiti on MTV and its affiliated networks has now become a global event hosted by not only George Clooney in Los Angeles, but Wyclef Jean in New York, and Anderson Cooper in Haiti. It will run commercial free on 11 networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX at 8pm this Friday. The proceeds will go to Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, Unicef and Yele Haiti. Clooney has also recruited Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Keith Urban, Kid Rock, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera and Sting to take part in the two-hour event.


The City Winery’s third night of performances boasts the likes of Rosanne Cash, Madeleine Peyroux, Tambou Combo, Nada Surf, and BETTY. More artists are still being added to Sunday’s lineup–information at Tickets are $50, and Big Hearted Donor tickets are available for $200. The night’s proceeds go to Doctors without Borders, Partners in Health, and Yele.

A multicultural music and dance performance called The World Stands with Haiti is happening at Drom in the East Village this Sunday. The show features Afro-Carribean, Latin American and Haitian dancers, accompanied by the house band, Charanga Soleil. The show’s finale will be a jam session with violinist Eddy Zervigón, pianist Leonel “Papo” Ortega and singer José “Pepito” Gomez. There is a suggested donation of $20, and all proceeds go to Partners in Health.


The final City Winery benefit show will feature 20 New York musicians including the Bongos, Amber Rubarth, Ian Axel, Vienna Teng, Wes Hutchinson, Ari Hest, Will Knox, Joey Ryan, Greg Holden and the Haiti Benefit House Band, and many more. Tickets are $20. Big Hearted Donor tickets for this night are only $75 and include a bottle of City Winery’s finest, signed by all the performers.


The Bell House is putting on one of the biggest, and certainly the most multifaceted, events called Strength Through Unity on next Wednesday, January 27th: Jimmy Fallon, Pat Kiernan of NY 1, New York State Senator Diane Savino and comedians Eugene Mirman and Todd Barry will make appearances. The night also features musical performances by Cold War Kids, Ted Leo, the Wrens, Sondre Lerche, Here We Go Magic, the Wahoo Skiffle Crazies, and Seekers (comprised of AC Newman, Rhett Miller, Nicole Atkins, and Charles Bissell). The night also includes free food from Great Jones Café earlier in the evening and an extended edition of Keyboard Karaoke (11pm-1am). There will also be a raffle and door prizes. All proceeds go to Save the Children and Partners in Health.

The second Music vs. Hunger show will be at Brooklyn’s Bruar Falls next Wednesday and showcases Drew Citron, El Medio, No Eye Contact and Breakfast in Fur. Tickets are $5 with a can of food to donate, or $6 without.


XXL magazine is presenting a special concert featuring Jim Jones and Juelz Santana at the Studio at Webster Hall on February 9th. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show. All proceeds go to the American Red Cross.


Haitian-born New York event producer Unik Ernest is planning a telethon through his own organization, the Edeyo Foundation, which will take place some time in the first two weeks of February. Friends Mark Wahlberg and Tommy Hilfiger have already volunteered to help out. A benefit concert that will likely take place around the same time will feature performances and appearances from Rihanna, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ashton Kutcher, Usher, John Legend, Mariah Carey, Jamie Foxx, Wyclef Jean, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Kerri Washington, and Susan Sarandon.


U2, with help from Jay-Z and Swizz, wrote and recorded a new song literally overnight to benefit Haiti. Not much is known about the track thus far, other than that it definitely exists and will likely be the “the next thing you hear from [U2],” according to the Edge.

Reggae artist Bigga Haitian is donating all the profits from downloads of his song “I Am a Haitian” to help survivors in his home country.

Lady Gaga will be selling a specially designed Haiti Relief T-shirt that mimics the cover iamge of her Fame Monster album. The shirt is for sale on her web store for $25, at her upcoming shows, and she has also promised to donate all proceeds from her upcoming show at Radio City, and all online purchases from the day of the concert to Haiti relief.

Blink-182 has created a T-shirt featuring their iconic rabbit mascot running with a Haitian flag. The shirts are available for $15 on the band’s website and proceeds go to the Red Cross. They are also currently auctioning off extremely limited numbers of album test presses on eBay, including Enema of the State, which has a top bid of $660, and 1997’s Dude Ranch, currently at $603. There are three days left to bid on all of the items. Proceeds go to the Red Cross

Rap duo the Clipse created a limited edition T-shirt for their clothing line Play Cloths. The shirt, which features “Haitian Jack” toting the country’s flag, is on sale for only one week (ending this Friday) so that the profits get to Haiti as quickly as possible. It costs $38, and all proceeds go directly to Yele.

Lupe Fiasco recorded a new song with Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and the Neptunes’ Chad Hugo. The track appears on a compilation titled Download to Donate to Haiti created by Music For Relief, a non-profit founded by Linkin Park, as well as Dave Matthews Band’s BAMA Works. Proceeds will benefit the United Nations Foundation, which provides immediate relief to Haiti, and Habitat for Humanity, which will provide long-term housing for those affected by the earthquake. The compilation will feature unreleased tracks by Linkin Park, Peter Gabriel, Kenna, the Dave Matthews Band, Alanis Morissette, Slash feat. Beth Hart, the All-American Rejects, and Enrique Iglesias. Artwork for the album was created by Shepard Fairey. You can download the full CD at

One of the easiest, and most popular, ways to donate has been via text message. Artists including Shakira, Diddy, LL Cool J, Benji and Joel Madden are trying to encourage fans to text “Haiti” to 90999 via Twitter to support the efforts of the Red Cross. At $10 per text, $21 million has been collected so far.

Toronto hardcore band Fucked Up is auctioning off test presses and a seven-inch of their forthcoming Couples Tracks on eBay. Proceeds go to Doctors without Borders. Matador, the band’s label, has also set up a contest via Twitter for fans to win a test press by making a donation to Oxfam.

Pras, former Fugees bandmate of Wyclef Jean, has been working at New York’s Haitian Consulate to organize supplies and medical aid to Haiti, despite the organization’s Haitian headquarters being destroyed in the quake. Pras has made appearances on several news channels, as well as BET’s 106th & Park, encouraging people to text “Yele” to 501501 to donate to the relief effort.

Ricky Martin traveled to Haiti yesterday in support of his ongoing partnership with Habitat for Humanity. The organization’s CEO Jonathan Reckford accompanied the Latin singer during a visit to one of the neighborhoods that suffered the worst damage last week. Martin is encouraging donations to Habitat for Humanity through the Ricky Martin Foundation to assist in immediate and long term relief efforts.

Mogwai is auctioning off the electric piano used during their 2006/7 tour. A vinyl box set, signed test presses, a live DVD, and signed screen printed posters are also included in the eBay auction’s prize. The bidding is currently at 820 British pounds and all proceeds go to Doctors without Borders and Oxfam.

For the next 60 days, all profits from last year’s Red Hot Organization release Dark Was the Night will go to Partners in Health. Red Hot has already donated an additional $150,000 to the Haitian healthcare provider.

California indie-folk outfit Port O’Brien just released a new EP titled The Pan American Sessions that will benefit Doctors without Borders. The album features four alternative versions of songs from their recent release, Threadbare.

Rihanna joined Wyclef Jean on Oprah for a special episode focusing on the devastation in Haiti. She performed a cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” and profits from online sales of the song go to the Red Cross, UNICEF, Oxfam America and Partners in Health among others. R&B singer Maxwell was also on the show to sing “Fistful of Tears,” which will benefit Hope for Haiti Now. Both songs are for sale on iTunes and

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