Benefit concert raises money for Typhoon Haiyan

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A benefit concert on Feb. 19 raised money for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines.

In November 2013, Haiyan became the deadliest Philippine typhoon in history, killing more than 6,200 people.

Pop-rock band Jupiter Suit organized a benefit concert at Velour to raise money for Typhoon Haiyan relief.
Pop-rock band Jupiter Suit organized a benefit concert at Velour to raise money for Typhoon Haiyan relief. (Photo by Jordyn Tilby)

The concert, held at Velour Live Music Gallery, featured the bands Jupiter Suit, Hooligans Brassband, Soul Correction and Radio Motion. All profits from the event were donated directly to the Red Cross to help the organization’s Philippine relief efforts.

Zach Marquez, Jupiter Suit’s lead singer, said he decided to put together the concert after seeing the destruction caused by Haiyan in Nov. 2013.

“A benefit concert was something we’d wanted to do for a long time,” Marquez said. “When Typhoon Haiyan happened, we just had a ton of empathy for the situation, and this is a way we can help.”

Nick Clark, Jupiter Suit’s drummer, said the concert was a way to bring people together to help the cause.

“Music has a way of translating cultural boundaries, and live music is something that brings out people who might not normally donate to this sort of cause,” Clark said.

Morgan Ostler, 18, came from Salt Lake City to support her friend’s band and said she was impressed by the concert’s mission.

“I think it’s really great that they’re using their talents to help make a difference in the Philippines,” Ostler said. “I wish more people would do things like this.”

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