When terrible things happen in the world, it’s easy to feel powerless, like there’s nothing you can do to help. “What can I do?” you might ask yourself. “I’m just one person.”
After Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in November 2013, the death toll topped out at 6,000 people with 1,800 missing, according to the Huffington Post. It was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, affecting millions of people on a level that we in Utah probably have trouble grasping.
When they learned about the tragedy, local band Jupiter Suit knew they had to do something. So, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, Jupiter Suit will play a benefit concert at Velour called Playing for Change, with almost every penny of the ticket proceeds going straight to the Red Cross.
When talking with Jupiter Suit frontman Zach Marquez, it’s easy to see why he and his band chose to organize the show: He’s probably one of the friendliest, most genuine people I’ve ever met, and says making the decision to help the Filipino people was a no-brainer.
“When we heard what happened in the Philippines … it was really like, how could we not [help]?” he says. “I think we really used a lot of our empathy and said, ‘If this happened to us, we sure hope that a bunch of kids on the other side of the world would care.’”
Jupiter Suit got its start as a ska band called Lo-Fi Riot participating in the Caleb Chapman Music program for youth, located in American Fork. They eventually transitioned to a sound Marquez describes as soft rock, but kept their full horn section, and these days (as Jupiter Suit) play either as a quartet or a 10-person ensemble. Marquez says Jupiter Suit performs with “the same energy as a ska band, but at this point, we’re kind of an alternative band.”
The Playing for Change lineup will also feature two bands that are still part of Caleb Chapman Music: pop-rock outfit Radio Motion and the Hooligans Brass Band, which plays a New Orleans-style blend of jazz, hip-hop and funk. Jupiter Suit will also be debuting brand-new material for the show.
Tickets can be purchased at 24Tix.com or from any member of Jupiter Suit. Marquez wants people to know that if they contact him at 435-213-6244 or firstname.lastname@example.org, he’ll deliver their tickets for free.
Head out and do some good for people who truly need it.
Playing for Change: Jupiter Suit
w/Radio Motion, Hooligans Brass Band
135 N. University Ave., Provo
Wednesday, Feb. 19
$6 in advance, $7 at the door
Note: Although their name appears in the video, the Blue Aces will not be performing.