After seeing the devastation in Haiti after the January earthquake, local retailers Jim Daphine and Ben Turner wanted to do something to help. The two decided that the best solution would be a concert, which would not only be fun, but show that Haiti will still need help in the future.
"Although the media and people’s attention span is short, the desperate need for ongoing assistance for these people will last for years to come," said Jeffery Davis, one of the musicians participating in the "A Happening for Haiti."
Daphine and Turner contacted local musicians Davis and Liam Shaughnessy to organize music for the event. The bands represent a range of genres including rock and reggae. Some local bands playing Saturday night include Doc Apple, The Love Volcanoes and Rubber Ducky Revenge.
"All of the musicians are excited as well as the local businesses that are helping to put this one," Davis said.
"A Happening for Haiti" will take place above Midnight Sun and Murdock’s Bicycle and Sport at 117 W. First St. where Daphine and Turner work, respectively. The event will also be at King Arthur’s Steakhouse, where they will be a cash bar and food.
The event will kick-off at 5 p.m. with a community drum circle led by "A Plan for Peace." Organizers encourage people to bring their own drums. In addition, they’re will be henna, a 50/50 raffle, games, prizes and more.
Donations of $10 for adults and $5 for children are encouraged, and larger donations will be accepted and appreciated. All proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross.
"My hope is to bring the community together, young, old, college people, native Oswegonians and folks from surrounding areas to have some fun, dance and listen to great local music," Daphine said.
For more information on the event, check out http://www.aplaceforpeace.net.