"Band Together for Haiti" pulls community in concert
Media attention to the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti may be dying down, but there's no question the need for help continues. Whether you donated last month or have been looking for just the right way to give, this weekend's "Band Together for Haiti" is the perfect chance.
Hosted by the Bradley Center on Sunday night, "Band Together for Haiti" brings Milwaukee bands The Love Monkeys, The Boogiemen and Eddie Butts Band all under one roof. One hundred percent of ticket sales and fifty percent of concessions will be donated to UNICEF's efforts in Haiti.
In addition to the bands, extreme juggler Marcus Monroe, Milwaukee High School of the Arts' drum corp, the Trinity Irish Dancers and Mad Hot Ballroom from Danceworks will all perform.
"There are several community youth groups who are getting involved, which we think is just fantastic. The money raised is going to kids in Haiti through UNICEF and so it's great to see kids helping kids," event organizer, Sandie Talbot explains.
As an example, the art students at Fairview Charter School created 500 little houses to be donated. The "Houses for Haiti" will be sold at the event, along with t-shirts; the proceeds donated to the cause.
"The really incredible thing is, everyone from the Bradley Center to Ticketmaster, is waiving their fees. The entire community has been so supportive and donated everything," says Talbot.
Talbot, a community volunteer, joined with others to organize the event in just three weeks.
"I called the Bradley Center after hearing all the concerts going on in New York and other cities. I was perplexed as to why Milwaukee wasn't doing something. I thought I could sit here or I could do something. That was three weeks and it has been a crazy ride ever since," says Talbot.
"Band Together for Haiti" goes from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Bradley Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children.
How did any money get raised at this very poor showing? There were no more than 150 people there when I showed up. Did the Bradley center donate all the overhead costs? Who paid for all the TV and newspaper ads? Were those completely donated as well? Who was the brain child behind this egofest? The only time any of these acts draw 'large' crowds (that would look respectable in the Bradley Cavern) is at free festival gigs. Maybne a national act on the bill would have been a prudent idea.
Way to be supportive ! They raised over $30,000 for the cause what did YOU do? Get a life! And BTW, the show was great!
Are you kidding me? The Bradley Center is the only venue large enough to host such an event in the city. These three talented and innovative bands will rock section the entire 122 section. This is a good cause, but c'mon...cover bands?
hope they don't expect to fill the Bradley Center with this craptastic line up.
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