When: Sun., April 9, 3 p.m. 2017
In the months since November's presidential election, we've seen an unprecedented outpouring of activism across the artistic spectrum, aimed at supporting people caught in crisis around the world along with justice-seeking organizations of all stripes. A pair of upcoming benefits that seek to entertain, inform, and raise crucial funds exemplify the sense of urgency being felt in the Triangle music community to address these issues.
Justice For All, at the Haw River Ballroom, brings together a vibrant collection of Triangle acts that crosses eras and styles: The Backsliders, I Was Totally Destroying It, shirlette ammons, Kenny Roby, Pre-Raphaelites, the rootsy trio of Laurelyn Dossett, Molly McGinn, and bluegrass legend Alice Gerrard are among the announced performers. The proceeds of the event will go to aid the UNC Center for Civil Rights, a sixteen-year-old organization that has fought to dismantle systemic racial injustices and bring about more equitable outcomes in education, housing, the environment, and other areas. At issue is a measure being considered by the UNC Board of Governors, which would prohibit the center from bringing legal action regarding discrimination. Mighty Neighborly, the event organizer, is a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening communities and empowering citizens; it says the move is nothing more than a power grab, one that would deny the center a tool that it has occasionally had to rely upon to effect change in oppressed communities.
Coming together for a more tangible and targeted cause, From Durham, to Syria With Love at Motorco is a daylong event that seeks to highlight the ways that Americans can aid Syrians displaced by war. Calling itself "a day of music, education, and love," the event aims to raise the funds necessary to aid one specific family, the Diabs, a mother and three children who have subsisted in a hellish refugee camp in Lebanon after fleeing war in Syria. The event aims to raise three thousand dollars to provide the Diabs with food, water, heat, and safe harbor for an entire year, administered by the group Americans for Refugees in Crisis. The lineup sparkles with a bevy of talented local acts, including The Affectionates, The Pinkerton Raid, Jordan & the Sphinx, Tangible Dream, Stray Owls, and Tremolux. Feeling depressed about the state of the world? Help those in need and those who aid the marginalized and imperiled.—David Klein.
Price: $10 donation