It will be a different Valentine’s Day at Metro this year, as students from across Chicago join together on a day that celebrates caring for others in order to Rock and Raise money for the children of Darfur Sudan’s refugee camps. Youth United for Darfur, a Chicagoland student coalition formed to help the people of Darfur, Sudan, caps off a month-long campaign in February to raise funds and awareness for Darfuri refugee children called Rock ‘N’ Raise for Darfur with a concert at Metro on February 14 to celebrate the efforts of students across Chicago and to raise additional funds. Chicago musicians Madina Lake, The Blisters, Big Science and Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms will perform at the event.
The people of the Darfur region of Sudan have experienced great hardship since the outbreak of civil war earlier this decade, with over 4.7 million people (of 6 million) affected by the conflict, and over 2.7 million displaced people living in camps across the region in Sudan and neighboring Chad. Children make up 60% of the population of the camps, and is the case in many conflicts, have suffered loss of their schools and educational opportunities. Through a collective effort of over 50 Chicago schools and thousands of students, YUFD aims to fund an entire school in a Darfuri refugee camp at a cost of $57,500. Proceeds will benefit the Darfur Dream Team’s Sister Schools Program, a new initiative of the Enough Project.
The event features wonderfully talented Chicago bands. Headliner Madina Lake takes the listener on a unique auditory voyage across layer upon diverse layer of sound. Otherworldly atmospherics, epic guitars, intricate drum-work, melodic choruses, imposing bass lines, audacious instrumentation, and Nathan’s unpredictable, inescapable vocals all combine to make Madina Lake a band you can’t help but notice – and love.
The Blisters, teenagers who have been playing music together in Chicago since 2003, have quickly captured the attention of critics and fans, playing such venues as The Abbey, Millennium Park, Old Town School of Folk Music, and Lollapalooza. Consisting of Henry Mosher (vocals, bass), Hayden Holbert (guitar), and Spencer Tweedy (drums), The Blisters are a band to watch!
Big Science, consisting of friends Jason Hendrix, Jason Richards, Jason Clark and Jeremy Pena, released the self-produced/engineered EP The Coast of Nowhere in January of 2009. Over the last year, the band has polished their meld of the streamlined pop simplicity of new wave, the pragmatic minimalism of krautrock, the lyrical complexity of nineties indie rock, and the lush reverberating layers of shoe gaze. Their sound is both intricate and expansive, with Richards and Peña providing a nimble and solid foundation over which Hendrix and Clark build echoing soundscapes.
Brendan Kelly of the Lawrence Arms and The Falcon has long been known for his punk music and punk political ideals. Fusing intelligent lyrics and hard driving punk music, Brendan is well known for his DIY ethics and support of independent musicians and clubs – truly living the punk life.
The Prelude Choir is a project of DePaul Univeristy’s music program. Featuring first and second grade children, The Prelude Choir teaches a love of music along with singing skills.
Tickets are on sale now for the event. A limited amount of VIP tables are also available for $100 each and include four tickets and reserved VIP seating. This event is open to all ages and starts at 4:30pm.
Sunday, February 14:
Rock N’ Raise for Darfur Benefit…
MADINA LAKE * THE BLISTERS * BIG SCIENCE * BRENDAN KELLY of The Lawrence Arms * DEPAUL UNIVERSITY CHILDREN’S PRELUDE CHOIR
$10 – Limited $l00 VIP Tables (4 seats/4 tickets) / All Ages / Doors: 4PM / Show: 4:30PM
All proceeds will be donated to the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT:
Metro Box Office
Internet sales at www.metrochicago.com