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STAND up at benefit concert

By Brittany Bishop
Published: March 2009

With a line up of incredibly talented bands and a lively, upbeat crowd, the STAND Benefit Concert on Saturday, March 7 was a hit. The concert raised money for Darfur and was a successful event for Newton South.

In the beginning of 2009, STAND, a student anti-genocide coalition, started planning the benefit concert in order to raise money and help stop the genocide in Darfur. The money raised from this concert will be sent to Oxfam America and the Genocide Intervention Network.
These organizations will then give the donated money to people affected by genocide in Darfur. Due to last year’s success in raising over 10,000 dollars in proceeds, STAND decided to host another concert. The entertainment included performances of four Newton South bands.

STAND publicized auditions through Facebook, events, flyers, and school announcements. From the bands’ perspectives, the auditions were described as short, relaxed, and very enjoyable. They took place during J-block in the lecture hall in front of STAND members.

In the end, the four bands that were chosen were Newton South’s Pajammin’, Kitchens, Over The Border, and Vitamin Seed. Once the performers were chosen, venue and prices needed to be determined. Tickets for the concert were ten dollars and the shirts were 15 dollars.
The bands agreed that they wanted the concert to be held in the Lab Theatre to make the concert have a more intimate setting.

On the night of the concert, the doors opened at 6:30 pm and the concert began at 7:00 pm. The night started off with Pajammin’ singing original songs. With a great mix of vocals, instruments, and awesome dance moves, their performance was lively and filled with talent.
The next band to perform was Kitchens, who played mellow songs, while still capturing the audience with their harmonies and upbeat attitudes.

“I think [the concert] was a great success. Everyone looked like they were having a good time and getting into the music, sophomore and Kitchens member Hannah Nussbaum said.
When the next performers, Over The Border, came out, the crowd really began to get into the show as a whole.This band played music by <3JazzFoxx, which is comprised of Over The Border’s seniors David Broyles and James Cobb, other musical group. With their upbeat songs, Over The Border overtook the audience, allowing people to get up and dance to the music.
The last performance was Vitamin Seed, whose unique performance captured an incredible mix of electronics and reggae. Their music created a cool atmosphere, which ended the night perfectly.

“[The concert] went too smooth! There were no technical difficulties or problems of the sort. The wait between bands wasn’t too long and the crowd didn’t lose interest, Broyles said.

Other attendees of the benefit concert said that the entire night was filled with great music, supported by an exciting and fun atmosphere. Vitamin Seed and <3JazzFoxx are now even selling their CDs for those who enjoy their music. Each CD is only two dollars and can be purchased through members of the bands.

By the end of the night, the concert was deemed a definite success. There were slightly over 120 attendees who filled the Lab Theatre, bringing in $2,386 for the genocide in Darfur after all of the ticket, T-shirt, and food sales. This money will be sent directly to aid the people inflicted by the genocide in Darfur.

To learn more about the genocide in Darfur and other human rights work at South, the Week of Awareness will take place later this spring. The Week of Awareness will include a set of speakers to come in during the school day to educate the students about genocide and other human rights issues of the past and present.

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