Friday, January 29, 2010

Local Musicians Rock for Haiti Relief

Salt Lake City, Utah (Friday, January 29, 2010) – A group of local musicians is ready to rock to help in Haiti.

Salt Lake Rocks for Haiti Relief hits the stage Saturday, February 6th from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Sandy’s Club Allure, 8925 Harrison Street. The concert includes nine local acts including acoustic rocker Tony Oros, singer/songwriter April Meservy, and event organizers, Ravings of a Madman. The concert will feature mostly acoustic rock acts, said Jeremiah Hammon, organizer and Ravings of a Madman lead singer, with some jazz, blues and metal thrown in. Attendance is a $5 minimum donation to the Red Cross’ International, National, & Local Disaster Funds – not that folks aren’t encouraged to give more.

“The earthquake in Haiti is a tragedy,” Hammon said. “They just don’t have the support we have in America. We need to do whatever we can to help. What can groups of local musicians do? We can rock. I don’t have a lot of money, but I’m using the resources I do have to help people. Collectively, we can make a difference.”

Officials from the local Red Cross couldn’t agree more. “Right now, the most effective way to help is by donating dollars. Every little bit counts,” said Neva Baker, development director Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Baker pointed out exactly what a few dollars donation can do for the people left homeless by the devastating 7.3-magnitue quakes that hit Haiti on January 12. A blanket costs $6; a shelter is $60. For $100, a family can receive a kit with everyone from toilet paper and soap to tarp for shelter. The International Red Cross is also the lead agency for temporary medical help and transportation of those with serious injuries as well as water sanitation right now in Haiti. The costs for those services add up, Baker said.

Salt Lake Rocks for Haiti Relief line-up Saturday, February 6th is Tony Oros from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Acoustic Madman from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.; The Velvetones from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Dirt Bags Don’t Die from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; April Meservy from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Melisa Kelly from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Tired Life from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Jack Jones from 11 p.m. to midnight; and Ravings of a Madman from midnight to 1 a.m.

For information about the concert, contact Jeremiah Hammon at 406-209-7719 or

For more information about the American Red Cross, please call Susan Thomas 801-707-7535.

For donations call 1-800-HELP NOW, 1-800-REDCROSS or visit


Help people affected by disasters like the earthquake in Haiti by donating to the International Response Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims of all disasters. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the International Response Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O.

Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting

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