Velour Live Music Gallery and new band Jupiter Suit are coming together to host a benefit concert in aid of Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts on Feb. 19.
“We’ve always had the idea of our music making a difference in the world,” said Zach Marquez, Jupiter Suit’s front man. “It’s not the question of why we would do it — how could we not?” Marquez said of the benefit.
This concert is aimed to give Provo and the surrounding community the opportunity to help thousands in the Philippines who are in need of aid. The ticket proceeds, as well as any other donations people want to give, will be donated to relief efforts through the American Red Cross.
Almost three months after Typhoon Haiyan hit on Nov. 8, 2013, more than 6,000 people have been reported dead and rescuers are still searching for bodies. The storm forced more than 3.9 million people from their homes, causing massive power and water outages.
“There is no question that these people are in need,” Marquez said of those in the Philippines. “If we were in their position we would want support too. We are just doing what we should do, that’s it.”
Hooligans Brassband and Radio Motion will be playing alongside Jupiter Suit, making for a variety of fun, energetic and family-friendly music for all ages. Evan Wharton, bass player for Jupiter Suit and manager of Radio Motion, is also excited about the concert.
“We are all just excited to play,” Wharton said. “This will be our first time at Velour, and we are all grateful to Zach for creating this show for such a great cause. We are happy to be a part of something like this.”
Tickets can be purchased in advance from band members for $6 or at the door for $7. Velour Live Music Gallery is located at 135 N. University Avenue.