There are benefit shows, and then there are benefit shows. One can hardly be called more noble than another, but in the wake of a tragedy like the earthquake that devastated Haiti last month, the best and brightest of our best and brightest are pitching in to curry relief funds for one of the most sorely needed rescue efforts of the new millennium. Rhymesayers Entertainment has a decade-strong reputation for hard work, clean consciences, and social awareness, and tonight's First Avenue show may be the grandest expression yet of its well-earned reputation. Brother Ali (pictured), Slug, Sage Francis & B. Dolan, Toki Wright, and many more have risen to the gargantuan challenge of putting their skills where they're needed the most. It's a blindingly bright show for a pitch-black premise, a sound and selfless investment for fans of local hip hop. With Freeway & Jake One, I Self Devine, and Sims. Hosted by Slug. Proceeds benefit Oxfam America, Doctors Without Borders, and Yele Haiti. 18+.
Tue., Feb. 9, 7 p.m., 2010