Concerts fuel humanitarian efforts


Provo musicians seem to have a soft spot for altruistic efforts. Bands offer song proceeds to charitable causes left and right (see Coral Bones’ “Queensway“), and these next few weeks hold a handful of humanitarian-related concerts. Here are three, in order of occurrence.

Tri-Polar playing at The Wall last March. The band will grace the stage once again at the “Lift A Life” benefit concert. (Photo by Katie Burdick)

1. The Wall’s “Lift A Life”

The Wall, a BYU restaurant and music venue, will host a benefit concert titled “Lift a Life” on April 4. The show lineup includes Tri-Polar Bear, Brothers of Others, Fallen Gypsies and Brave Lions.

Ticket proceeds go to Utah County’s homeless shelter, the Food and Care Coalition. Funds will help support a new transitional housing facility, which overcame obstacle after obstacle so it could finally open in January 2014.

“We will have giveaways and opportunities to learn more about the Food and Care Coalition,” said event coordinator Chelsea Potter. “There’s a homeless population in our community that needs our help. We can support this transitional housing program and help them get back on their feet.”

This concert starts at 8 p.m. at The Wall in the basement of the Wilkinson Center. The minimum donation is $7. More information can be found here.

2. HELP International’s “Candlelight Benefit Concert Series”

Chris Crabb of We Are The Strike will perform on April 14 at the Candlelight Benefit Concert Series. (Photo by Xan’s Eye Photography)

The Candlelight Benefit Concert Series runs from April 7 to May 12. The series includes performances by 20 musicians, including Chris Crabb of We Are The Strike, Mimi Knowles, Eric Thayne, Allred and Bat Manors.

Performers will play stripped-down acoustic sets in an intimate, laid-back environment. Event organizer Amber Lynn plans to create this feel with mood lighting (lamps and candles), love sacs, blankets and the like.

Lynn noted that not only will show-goers get a good show for their money, but also 100 percent of donations fund trips for volunteers to labor in the Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan relief.

“It doesn’t go to sending water bottles or food packages that will last a matter of days to random countries,” Lynn said. “The money goes toward helping people rebuild and create sustainable life for a devastated country. I can’t think of a better way to give, unless you wanted to go the Philippines yourself.”

The series will run from April 7 to May 12 at Southworth Hall in Provo (116 West Center Street), beginning at 8:30 p.m. A $4 minimum donation stands for each individual show, and an all-show pass is $12. To find the full lineup and more information, see here.

3. Cotopaxi’s “Questival”

Joshua James is one of many artists to perform at the Questival's 6 p.m. music festival at Thanksgiving Point. (Photo by Jake Buntjer)
Joshua James is one of many artists to perform at the Questival’s April 12 music festival at Thanksgiving Point. (Photo by Jake Buntjer)

Cotopaxi is a new outdoor gear company dedicated to adventure and humanitarian aid.

In an effort to raise brand awareness and share its values, the company created the “Questival,” which includes a 24-hour outdoor adventure race and a music festival finale.

“We are believers that experiences are more valuable than things,” said Davis Smith, Cotopaxi co-founder and CEO. “The Questival is an experience that will bring you closer to friends, allow you to meet new people and provide 24 hours of incredible memories.”

Two to four individuals can sign up as a team to compete in the outdoor adventure race, which begins at 6 p.m. on April 11 in Provo, Salt Lake City and Logan (you choose your location). Teams document their progress via social media and compete to win one of three international humanitarian trips (Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat or Kilimanjaro).

The competition concludes at 6 p.m. on April 12, when the music festival begins. The music festival is free and open to all, taking place at Electric Park at Thanksgiving Point. Mates of State will headline, alongside names like Joshua James, Fictionist, The National Parks, Brumby and Kenz Hall.

To register for adventure, click here. Registration costs $10 until April 7, when it increases to $15. A free backpack is included with registration. For more event details, click here.

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