News of Hurricane Katrina's unfathomable aftermath began hitting the airwaves around the same time that we were putting together this latest issue of New Times. And almost simultaneously, we started getting word from members of the Valley music community that fund-raising events to help survivors of the disaster were already in the works. Here's the lowdown:
Through Friday, September 16, the Old Town Scottsdale nightspot Salty Señorita (at 3636 North Scottsdale Road) will be accepting donations as well as donating a portion of all food sales to the Red Cross.
Downtown's Icehouse will host the Phoenix Artists and Galleries Hurricane Relief Benefit on Saturday, September 17, and true to the spirit of any big bash at the historic venue, this one will showcase an eclectic lineup of bands -- including Colorstore, Kill Baby Kill, Back Ted N Ted, and Sonorous -- plus a silent auction, barbecue, and a children's art pavilion. Admission is a minimum donation of $5, and gifts of clothing, shoes, or toys will be accepted onsite. Proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army's efforts at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Festivities are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 429 West Jackson Street.
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Katrina benefit events
Later this month, on September 29, the Marquee Theatre in Tempe (730 North Mill Avenue) will host its own Hurricane Katrina Benefit, with another batch of talented local acts: The Reign Kings, Minus 200, Seconds to Breathe, Suspect Audio, Hung Dynasty, and Niki Kwik. All-ages admission is $13.
And for long-term Katrina relief, local jazz musician Russ Phaneuf has partnered with Jazz in AZ and the West Valley Arts Council to establish the Jazz Refugee Project, offering information, temporary relocation to Phoenix, and even loaner musical equipment to displaced musicians. More details are available at jazzrefugeeproject.org.