What: Global Brigades fundraiser feat. Elephant Revival
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Glenn Miller Ballroom, UMC, 1669 Euclid Ave., Boulder, 303-492-6161
More info: gmb-elephantrevival.eventbrite.com
C oncerts for a cause are good for your soul. Hear some live music, donate to a worthy cause and everyone gets to feel good.
Next Wednesday, all those warm feelings and good sounds will be filling up the University of Colorado's Glenn Miller Ballroom, emanating off the stage from Elephant Revival, Cold River City and Cascade Kinzie. They're there to support CU's chapter of Global Brigades, a student-led nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing sustainable lifestyles to Ghana, Honduras and Panama. This year, the group is traveling to rural Panama, and the proceeds from the show will aid that trip.
"Last year we went to the same area and saw 700 patients in four days," Global Brigades' Tyler Mesa said. "Pretty much all the money helps support the group to go down there. It helps buy supplies. Every student has to pretty much ... come up with about $1,800 to come down there. We have about $100,000 that we have to come up with every year.
"But a lot of what this funding is, is not our costs to travel down, but the ridiculous costs of supplies."
That doesn't just include vitamins or medicine. It's teaching tools and resources the group needs, too.
"We're not the type of group who just opens up a suitcase of medicine. We want to educate people down there, as well," Mesa said. "You have to realize that people we're talking to don't have much formal education. We have to teach them why it's important to floss or explain to them, 'You have headaches. Why do you have headaches? It's because your teeth are rotting.' There's a big problem with water parasites down there. You explain that you might not be able to see this, but it's hurting you. We're not trying to change the way they live or the cultural aspects of how they live, we just want to help."
Wednesday's concert will be the biggest fundraiser CU's Global Brigades has had yet. Mesa called in help from a friend at Monterey International's Chicago offices. The label represents Nederland folk quintet Elephant Revival, who just got back from a tour and a recording stint in Seattle. It was perfect.
"We do a lot of benefit shows," Elephant Revival's Bonnie Paine said. "We love Boulder, of course. The crowd is always really enthusiastic. It's been a wild past two months for us, but I've got nothing but enthusiasm for the show."
Ahead of Elephant Revival, to CU-rooted bands will play -- Cascade Kenzie, the 2012 winner of CU's Battle of the Bands, and Cold River City, who will be fresh off a performance at SnowBall.
Cold River City's Cody Hart said just a couple weeks after booking the show, they found out it was for charity. "At the time, we were talking about doing a charity show and it just fell into our lap," Hart said. "We're really excited. I'm kind of blown away by (Elephant Revival). They're the biggest band we've played with yet. They're local and they have an exceptionally large local draw, and they're blowing up nationally, so that's cool. And pretty much every show lately we've been coming up with new stuff, which has been keeping things fresh and fun."
Cold River City and Cascade Kenzie are both playing for free, which Mesa pointed out really helps bring down the cost of the fundraiser. In addition to the show, there will be a raffle for a 40-inch TV, a pair of skis, a brewery package, a restaurant package and an Elephant revival merch package. They'll also be selling artisan crafts there from Panama, and Allen Gula, the co-founder of Global Brigades Ghana, will be flying up from Panama to talk about the work being done there.
Tickets are available at gmb-elephantrevival.eventbrite.com. They'll cost for $8 in advance for students and $10 at the door. Tickets for the public are $25.