Hanson have announced plans for a 12-hour benefit livestream set for Saturday (March 19) at South by Southwest, to aid victims of the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan.
The event, which will stream live at SXSW4Japan.org
, features performances and appearances from Michael Stipe, John Hermann of Widespread Panic, the North Mississippi Allstars, the Court Yard Hounds, Bowling for Soup — to name just a few — plus Hanson themselves.
The benefit is co-sponsored by SXSW itself, which originally started with a goal of raising $10,000 for survivors of the disasters in Japan, a goal they've subsequently raised to $100,000 thanks to Hanson's involvement. Fans can donate through the SXSW 4 Japan site, or by texting "Redcross" to 90999. All funds go to the Red Cross's disaster-relief efforts in Japan.
An album version of the SXSW 4 Japan benefit will also be available for download from iTunes.
As Isaac and Taylor Hanson told
the event came together at the last minute, with the band and the festival putting a call out to all the acts still in Austin for SXSW.
"We're really excited," Isaac Hanson said, "We've got a lot of bands that are going to be a part of this event, bands that are recording stuff, bands that are going to be live ..."
"It's a massive, massive issue that's really crippling a whole nation and a lot of people just like you and me," Taylor Hanson added.
The SXSW 4 Japan livestream begins at noon CT at SXSW4Japan.org
. Fans can spread word via Twitter, using the hashtag #sxsw4japan.