It’s been a week since the tragic earthquake struck Haiti, and as the full scope of the tiny nation’s devastation continues to be revealed, musicians are ramping up efforts to bring relief and comfort to the disaster’s survivors. Here’s a rundown of the most recently announced benefit concerts, albums and fund-raising efforts:
• Dave Matthews Band, Slash, Lupe Fiasco, Peter Gabriel and more artists will contribute unreleased music to the Download to Donate to Haiti compilation, sponsored by Music For Relief, a charitable group founded Linkin Park, who are offering up their own unreleased track “Not Alone.” Borrowing from Radiohead’s In Rainbows model, fans can download the music for free, but 100 of all donations will benefit Haiti.
• In New York City, Patti Smith, the Swell Season, Rosanna Cash, Yo La Tengo and Vernon Reid & Corey Glover of Living Colour will perform during a four-night run of charity concerts at City Winery, with all proceeds from the show going to Doctors Without Borders and Partners in Health. Felix Augustin, Haiti’s Consul General, will also be on hand for the concerts, which run from January 20th to 25th. More info at the City Winery site.
• James Taylor has announced he’ll play a benefit concert for Haiti at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts this Friday, January 22nd.
• On January 24th, Lady Gaga will donate 100 percent of all money from merchandise purchased on her official Website to Haiti relief. “Little monsters attending the Monsterball on the 24th: all ticket + and merch/cd profit will be donated. Save your money. Help save a life,” Gaga writes.
• Paste Magazine has collected songs — many unreleased — from artists including Of Montreal, Ludacris, Cee-Lo Green, Avett Brothers, Hanson and Andrew Bird for their Songs For Haiti charity drive, with donations giving music fans access to Paste’s extensive Download Vault. All proceeds benefit Doctors Without Borders, the Red Cross and Wyclef Jean’s Yéle Haiti Earthquake Fund.
For more on rockers’ efforts in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake: