The magnitude of the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake is hard to quantify, let alone come to terms with. And even though we are thousands of miles removed from the relief efforts, many in the local music scene are donating time and money to help after one of the most massive natural disasters of our generation. City Pages and the Gimme Noise music blog are taking part in the fundraising efforts by throwing tonight's benefit party, and we've invited some of our favorite local bands to help out. Two of last year's City Pages cover subjects, Mark Mallman and Solid Gold (pictured), will be stepping out of the pages and onto the stage to co-headline the benefit. Picked to Click runners-up Zoo Animal will open the show with their inaugural performance on the Mainroom stage, and Peter Wolf Crier will return to First Ave after blowing the audience away at last month's Best New Bands showcase. DJs Jimmy2Times and Mike 2600 will keep the party going between sets with an eclectic mix of fun and funky dance music, and an artists' marketplace will allow local vendors to sell their artwork to benefit the cause. Net proceeds from the Gimme Shelter benefit will go toward the Red Cross Haiti Relief & Development Fund and Architecture for Humanity. 18+.
Sat., Feb. 6, 6 p.m., 2010