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More Local Aid: Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, St. Vincent, Cold War Kids, The Roots, Spoon's Britt Daniel Join Haitian Benefits

It's always inspiring to watch New York's music community come together in times of crisis and The Alternate Side continues to keep you posted on local concerts that will benefit Haiti's earthquake survivors and the organizations on the ground helping that country's devastated, but resilient and determined people.

The formidable Night of Comedy and Music To Benefit Haiti, organized by the good folks at Bowery Presents and Brooklyn Vegan, takes place tomorrow, Saturday, January 23, at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The auspicious lineup includes Spoon frontman Britt Daniel, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark), Janeane Garofalo, John Shade, Zach Galifianakis and Wyatt Cenic. Tickets are $35, $40 day of show and all proceeds benefit the Red Cross.

Brooklyn's The Bell House will host Strength Through Unity: A Benefit For The Victims Of The Earthquake In Haiti on Wednesday, January 27. All proceeds will be split between Save The Children and Partners In Health.

The stripped-down sets will include performances by Jimmy Fallon, Cold War Kids, Ted Leo, Eugene Mirman, The Wrens, Sondre Lerche, Todd Barry, A.C. Newman of New Pornographers with Rhett Miller of Old 97s and Nicole Atkins as The Seekers, Here We Go Magic and The Wahoo Skiffle Crazies. NY1's Pat Keirnan and New York State Senator Diane Savino will also appear. Tickets, which are $50, are on sale now.

The Roots, Matisyahu, Kaki King and Eric Krasno & Chapter Two with John Scofield will headline another charitable event at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday, January 27 called N. 6th For Haiti. Tickets, which are $35 in advance and $40 day of show, will benefit Partners In Health.

A series of benefit concerts are underway at City Winery; there are two remaining Emergency Benefit Concerts for Haiti and all proceeds benefit Partners in Health, Doctors without Borders and Wyclef Jean's Yéle Haiti. The venue hopes to raise $100,000 to help fund mobile hospital aid. Ticketslineups are still being confirmed, but tickets ($20, $50 or $75 for general admission depending on the evening) are on sale now for the remaining shows:

Sunday, January 24

Rosanne Cash, Nada Surf, John Wesley Harding, Tambou Combo, Madeleine Peyroux, BETTY.

Monday, January 25

Fifteen Indie Artists: The Bongos, Amber Rubarth, Ian Axel, Vienna Teng, Wes Hutchinson, Ari Hest, Will Knox, Joey Ryan, Rosi Golan, Nate Campany, Martin Rivas, Dov Rosenblatt, Alex Berger, Greg Holden, Howie Statland from NYC Smoke. With a house band including Kevin Rice, Chris Kuffner, Adam Christgau,Tony Maceli, Melissa Tong, Ward Williams and Marika Hughes.

And as we reported earlier, native New Yorker Lady Gaga, aka Stefani Germanotta, announced on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Friday that all proceeds from her January 24 show at Radio City Music Hall will go towards Haiti. And the day of the show, the money raised from all merchandise sold on the fashionably askew singer's site will also go to Haitian relief efforts, although it's not yet been specifically stated which charities will benefit from the proceeds.

And for those living farther afield in New York state, the Paramount Center in Peekskill is hosting A Concert for the Earthquake Victims of Haiti on Sunday, January 31. The concert is being organized by songwriter Art Halperin and his wife Nadeje Halperin, a native of Haiti. All proceeds will benefit the "Stand for Haiti" initiative of Partners in Health. Suggested donation is $10.

WFUV has provided a sample list of charities that are offering help in Haiti. If you are uncertain about an organization's legitimacy, you can research the organization before making your donation, by way of sites such as Guidestar and Charity Navigator.



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