The music industry can sometimes seem like a cruel machine. Independent musicians often don’t get paid what they deserve for their incredible talent, but dedicated fans know that in order to truly show your support, you buy a ticket to a live show and maybe some merch as well. Taking this generosity a step further, musicians sometimes donate proceeds to charity. This past Memorial Day weekend, we enjoyed barbecue cookouts and reflected on the value of a single person’s contribution to freedom. Today, Thrillcall has compiled some events coming up over the next few weeks that will not only be great fun but will also help those in need.
Tasty Fest – Milwaukee, WI (6/2 – 6/5)
Tasty Fest is the first all local music/food/art festival of Milwaukee’s own DIY record label Tasty Tapes. The label was created by the Milwaukean duo Phil Hoge and Jeff Grabo, home to their projects Filter Free Rodeo and The Rashita Joneses. Always focused on supporting their local community, Tasty Fest has partnered with the Hunger Task Force! With a donation of three or more non-perishable food items at the door you can reduce your entrance fee by $2-3. Also, all sales of Tasty Fest compilation CDs will be donated directly to the Hunger Task Force. The festival begins today and spans four Milwaukee venues. Find more info on Thrillcall.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Chicago, IL (6/13)
The Chicago Symphony Musicians, conducted by Maestro Riccardo Muti, will hold a benefit concert for the Greater Chicago Food Depository on June 13 at 8 pm. The concert will be performed at the Studebaker Theater. The net proceeds of the concert will be donated to the Food Depository, which provides food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in the community. The program will include movements by Rossini, Beethoven, and Mozart. Find more info on Thrillcall.
Sunstock Solar Festival – Los Angeles, CA (6/18)
LA has so much sun that it’s a crime we haven’t harnessed more of it to power our lives. At least we can say that it will be powering a new festival happening at the Autry in Griffith Park! Sunstock Solar Festival is the first of its kind, raising awareness for alternative energy sources and eco-friendly practices in the music industry and all proceeds from the event will be donated to the Kids Cancer Connection. The show will feature some of the hottest local bands including Wavves, Cults, Allah-Las, Gateway Drugs, and more. Find more info on Thrillcall.
Day of the Dead – Grateful Dead tribute album (out now on 4AD)
This may not be an event that you can attend, but you can still contribute to the cause. The Grateful Dead are the kings of live music, after all, and what better way to celebrate the band’s career than by grabbing a copy of the new tribute album, Day of the Dead? This project was curated by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. They have brought together some of their favourite musicians to reinterpret the songs and sounds of the Dead for a new generation.All proceeds will help fight for AIDS/ HIV and related health issues around the world through the Red Hot Organization. Find more info on their website. Listen to the record here.
OxFam – various festivals
OxFam America has a unique program for artists of all media to get involved in their mission to end poverty, hunger, and injustice. Some musicians currently partnered up with the organization include Fitz & the Tantrums, Flogging Molly, Lucius, Wilco, and Lake Street Dive. Find OxFam representatives at select dates along their tours! They will also be tabling at various festivals this summer, including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Austin City Limits, and others. Find more information on OxFam’s artist program here.