Musicians Tune-It For Gulf Relief

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

September 22, 2005

Charlottesville is known as being an artistic and music friendly town and many are using their talents for a good cause.

Four local bands opened a series of concerts running through Sunday in which 100 percent of the profits will go to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

"We're hoping our fans are down with the good cause. It could be all of us. All of us could be in this situation. It could be any of us at any given time," said Hal Brigish of the band No Gods No Monsters.

Many of the performers say music is their passion and how they can give back, no matter how different they are.

"It's exciting to be able to get to gather with four bands and it's an unusual collaboration of style as well. Usually it's very themed--Goth or medal--but it's sort of a conglomerate evening," said Christina Fleming, singer for Intenebris.

A wide variety of musical acts attract a diverse crowd, which hopefully will bring more donations. The series will culminate on Sunday at the Charlottesville Pavilion from noon till nine.

"We've got eight acts ranging from jazz, country, blues, and top 40," said one of the organizers Chris Munson.

The group raised about $20,000 in sponsorship without playing a single show.

"Well this might be optimistic, but I'm shooting for $100,000," said Munson.

Proceeds will go to the Salvation Army, SPCA, Habitat for Humanity, and Operation Home Delivery.

The sponsors are called: Charlottesville Shelter From the Storm. They are a group of local musicans, booking agents, and venue owners raising money to help the people on the Gulf Coast.

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