• On Friday at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington, the 6:45 p.m. “Rise Up Haiti” benefit will raise funds for a Haitian cause that’s been around well before the earthquake: ending child slavery. The show will feature an auction of 10 commissioned visual art pieces, a photography exhibit shining light on the sorry practice and live music from Rob Fetters, Ric Hordinski, Kim Taylor and Me or the Moon. Money raised will go to the Jean Cadet Restavek Foundation (see www.restavekfreedom.org for more on the organization). Admission is $15.
• On Friday at Mixx Ultra Lounge on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine, the Kanaval benefit will raise money for Haitian relief efforts with a wide range of musical performances, showcasing everything from Classical music to Hip Hop. The 5:30 p.m. show includes music from The Joneses, Eclipse, Skandal, Tfly, Dan Orlando, Cameo Humes, Kerrie Caldwell and DJs Perry Simmons, Chris Paul and DJ Pillo. A $5 donation will be taken at the door starting at 9 p.m. (other monetary donations will be accepted throughout the entire event).
For more on the benefit go to kanavalforhaiti.ning.com.
• Local Jazz musician Bruce Menefield and his Omni Works Music organization (which normally works to expose “new generations of youth” to Jazz music and culture) will shift focus this Monday for the fundraiser “Help Them Sing Again” at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club downtown. The 7 p.m. event will feature a Jazz jam session featuring students from UC’s College- Conservatory Music, as well as established local Jazz artists Mike Wade, Marc Fields, Stan Ginn, Eugene Goss and a host of others. A minimum donation of $10 is requested; all money raised will go to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund (clintonbushhaitifund.org).
More Local Notes
• Whether you are in love or currently “between mates,” nothing goes better with Valentine’s Day than classic rafter-rattling Punk Rock. This Saturday, the Blue Rock Tavern in Northside celebrates VD Eve with the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” concert. The free show features the dulcet tones of local Punk bands SS-20, CDP, Pumpkin Slut and Pedro-X.
• Local singer/songwriter Ryan Adcock is gearing up for a trip to South Africa in a few weeks, where he will be helping the community of Mamelodi (in conjunction with Crossroads) by planting food, building homes and generally helping the people of the impoverished region. Adcock has just about raised enough money to get him there, but this Friday at 7:30 p.m. he’ll be hosting a fundraising show at College Hill Coffee Company that he hopes will push him over the top. Admission is free, but Adcock will have a tip jar, as well as CDs and photography to sell, for donations. If you can’t make it but still want to help, go to www.crossroads.net and look for the “Go Mamelodi” page.
• Cincinnati Electronic duo Hungry Lucy has released its new album, Pulse of the Earth. The release is available now for download at www.pulseoftheearth.com under a “name your price” pricing plan (the file-sharing-friendly band is encouraging downloaders to share the release openly). Early next month, the duo will have physical copies of the album available for $15; the limited-edition CD will be in a “wide-format digipack” that includes a 12-page booklet with lyrics and photography by HL singer Christa Belle.
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