Across the country, artists continue to donate money and organize benefit concerts for victims of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and now the spiky, inked-up citizens of Warped Tour/ Taste of Chaos world are getting in on the act.
According to Warped/Taste founder Kevin Lyman, a host of punk acts will appear at Unite the United, a benefit concert to be held October 8 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, California.
“On Thursday morning, I turned on the TV and was horrified by what I saw,” Lyman said. “And then I couldn’t sleep that night. So the next morning, I knew we had to do something, so I just sent out a mass e-mail to all the Warped family. And within 48 hours the whole thing started coming together.”
Hoobastank, the Used, Pennywise and member of Rise Against are among the artists confirmed for the concert, which, in the Warped style, will feature 16-18 acts (with more expected to be announced in the coming days) performing on multiple stages as well as something you don’t see at most benefit concerts: cheap ticket prices.
“We want tickets to be $25, to make it a bit more accessible for kids who might not be able to afford a $200 ticket to another benefit,” Lyman said. “We’ll raise somewhere in the neighborhood of $350,000 to $400,000 for victims of Katrina, and we’ll make kids feel like they were part of something larger.”
Lyman said more information about Unite the United will be announced early next week.
Meanwhile, the Dave Matthews Band collected donations for the Houston Food Bank at their show on Monday and chipped in a portion of the night’s proceeds as well. Hip-hop producer Timbaland plans to visit evacuation centers in Dallas and Houston later this week, donating clothes, toys and basic necessities at each stop.
On Saturday, be sure to watch “MTV News Special: After the Storm,” which premieres at 7:30 p.m. ET. And immediately after, stay tuned for “ReAct Now: Music & Relief,” MTV, VH1 and CMT’s Hurricane Katrina benefit concert special. The show will run from 8-11 p.m. ET and will feature Usher, Green Day, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, the Rolling Stones, David Banner and many more.
To find out what you can do to help provide relief to victims of Katrina, head to think MTV’s hurricane relief page.