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Tampa Bay musicians, radio stations plan Haiti relief efforts




At least one Tampa Band is doing its part to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Wish Factor, a rock trio fronted by Tampa singer-songwriter Tim Walker, is donating their cut of the proceeds from a Jan. 30 show at Market on 7th to the Red Cross to help victims.

"I work in a company with 10 people, three of which are from Haiti, so there is definite interest and a lot of discussion," Walker said. "Their immediate families are all accounted for, but they do personally know some of the casualties. Sad all-around situation."

Walker is selling $7 tickets to the show, of which $3.50 is the band's cut. So the more tickets you buy from the band, the more money you end up donating to the Red Cross. Head to Walker's MySpace blog to connect with him to buy tickets, and find out how you can help with his cause.

Other bands on the bill for this show include tbt*'s 2009 Ultimate Local Band, Triptico, plus the Commoners and Roadtrip. Click here for details.

If you want to donate right away, WMNF-88.5 FM has been holding an emergency fundraiser all day Friday to raise money for four organizations: Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti, Doctors Without Borders, Partners in Health and Mercy Corps. Click here for details.

The Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater are hosting an multicultural interfaith concert at 7 p.m. Friday, featuring musicians like jazz musician Fred Johnson. Originally planned as a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, the event will now incorporate earthquake relief efforts through the Unitarian Universalist Association.  Click here for details.

And as we already mentioned, Christian station 90.5 Spirit FM will be collecting money for Catholic Relief Services at Saturday's Winter Jam concert featuring Newsboys and Third Day. Click here for details.

Are any other local musicians and music personalities out there plotting gigs or events benefitting Haitian relief? If so, tell us about it.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:16pm]


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