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Benefit next weekend to help people of Haiti

The worlds of art and music will come together to help thousands devastated by the Jan. 12 earthquake in the island nation of Haiti.

The Crafty Geek Brigade - a community building organization in the Plattsburgh area - has joined forces with the North Country Food Co-op, Coffee Camp and the Plattsburgh State Student Association to host "Rock for Haiti," a two-day event Friday, March 5, and Saturday, March 6.

Kimberly Cummins, one of the organizers of the event with the Crafty Geek Brigade, said when the organization was looking to host an event to help the people of Haiti, they found many others wanted to do the same.

"We all wanted to help so we decided to all do something really big together," said Cummins. "We figured that would give us better visibility."

With that, Rock for Haiti was born. The event will be a weekend of live entertainment in an alcohol-free environment that Cummins hopes will bring in hundreds.

"We've had a really good response," Cummins said of people wanting in on the event. "It's great because we're showcasing local talent and bringing everyone together to help a global cause."

"It's going to be hopefully a little more unique than what we've put together before," Cummins added.

Rock for Haiti will consist of performances by The Precious Fluids, Eat.Sleep.Funk, and Adrian Aardvark at Coffee Camp, 78 Margaret St., from 7-10 p.m. March 5. On March 6, North Country Food Co-op, 25 Bridge St., will host an open mic night from 7-10 p.m. featuring DJ D:Vice, Ginge and the Giants, and Layne Underwood. That night will be a little different, said Cummins.

"On Saturday, we're going to have an artwork sale," she said. "People can come in and buy a lot of great artwork from local artists for $20 or less."

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