Local bands to play Haiti benefit


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Local bands in Iowa City are uniting this evening to bring people together through music in the wake of a disaster. Hey Hello and Mother Culture will perform with opener Stubborn Tiny Lights VS Clustering Darkness Forever OK? in a Haiti benefit show at 9 p.m. in the Yacht Club.

Luke Scott, the bassist for Hey Hello, is very enthusiastic about the project.

“That’s the way I want to put my music out there, by helping people, especially those in need,” he said.

Concert attendees are asked to donate a minimum of $5 to the cause. Proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders, a medical relief organization, to support its efforts in Haiti.

Doctors without Borders has worked in Haiti since 1991. After the most recent disaster, it has been active with projects including trauma surgery, emergency obstetric care, and sanitation.

Scott, a Cedar Falls, native, plays for numerous bands in the area. When his friend and a fellow bassist Kyle Anthony of Mother Culture asked him about doing a Haiti benefit gig in Iowa City, he jumped on the idea.

“I like music so much, and I’m trying to get involved in any way, shape or form,” Scott said.

The Yacht Club, where Scott has worked as a sound technician in the past, showed support as the venue for the show. Pete McCarthy, the Yacht Club’s manager said, “We were up for it, and we thought it was a great idea.”

Scott said that personal loss has inspired his music and now he hopes to use that motivation.

Another band he plays with, Gglitch, lost member Brian Cretzmeyer last year. At the time, the band was in the midst of recording an album.

Scott said he is “happy that he can share [Brian’s] music from beyond the grave.” He said that although it is difficult, “he knows that it is what [Brian] would have wanted.”

Although Gglitch will not perform in tonight’s show, Scott said that the event motivated him to get involved in these kinds of shows.

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