Michael Harthorne
A Jan. 31 benefit show for Haiti at the Tractor Tavern will feature Jim Sangster's band The Tripwires.

Local musician organizes benefit for Haiti

Faustine Hudson, a local musician, was, like many others, affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake that struck Haiti.

She said her feelings came not only from that tragedy, but from the culmination of a handful of international tragedies in the past decade.

"After reading about the earthquake, my heart hurt a lot," Hudson said.

She said she felt like she needed to do something, and for someone as submerged in music as she is, putting on a benefit show was the obvious choice.

"Not being a doctor or a nurse, I can't do anything hands on to help," Hudson said. "But, I can raise money for people doing hands on stuff."

The Luvin' Haiti benefit show will be held Jan. 31 at the Tractor Tavern. It features The Tripwires, The Cute Lepers, Whalebones and Eugene Wendell & the Demon Rind.

There is a $10 suggested donation, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross for Haitian relief and development.

Ryan Ellis, general manager at the Tractor Tavern, said the venue is happy to host the event to help the community realize that just because a tragedy isn't local, doesn't mean it doesn't affect everyone.

Hudson said the bands she picked to play the benefit are meant to attract the widest range of people.

"The idea behind the bill wasn't to put together the perfect bill but, "How many bands do I know from different scenes?'" she said.

The Tripwires features Mark Pickerell of Screaming Trees and Jim Sangster from The Young Fresh Fellows.

The Cute Lepers will represent the punk scene, and Whalebone is playing its first show in two years, Hudson said.

Luvin' Haiti is being organized in conjunction with a number of events at other Ballard businesses, starting Jan. 28 at Hattie's Hat, in an effort to raise $5,000 that weekend

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