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Dollars for the Phillipines: No Dollar Shoes hosts musical fund-raiser

HOLLA FOR A DOLLAR: No Dollar Shoes will play with two other bands in a fund-raiser for the typhoon relief benefitting the Phillipines through the American Red Cross this Sunday. Courtesy photo

HOLLA FOR A DOLLAR: No Dollar Shoes will play with two other bands in a fund-raiser for the typhoon relief benefitting the Phillipines through the American Red Cross this Sunday. Courtesy photo

The power of human compassion always prevails in times of strife and tribulation. During distress and catastrophes, our empathetic instinct kicks in to help those less fortunate than ourselves. One could say it’s human nature to help our fellow man in times of need.

On the 8th of November, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines over 300 miles wide, making it one of the most intense tropical storms to make landfall. Aside from torrential rain, the storm sustained winds over 195 miles per hour and had a storm surge of up to 30 feet. It devastated the coastal areas. Local Americana/folk band No Dollar Shoes, along with The Calico Room, refuse to simply sit back and watch the devastation wash out hope. In a communal effort to raise money for the victims, they will be putting on a concert fund-raiser by donating proceeds to the American Red Cross.

“The American Red Cross is most in need of monetary donations at this point,” says Vicky LeBelle of the Cape Fear Red Cross chapter. “It’s hard to tell how many funds we’ve raised locally because of how donations are received, but overall the American Red Cross has raised over $52 million for the relief.”

Consisting of twin brothers Carson and Jesse Jewel on guitars, Ben Privott on drums and Benji Smith on bass, No Dollar Shoes have been playing around Wilmington since 2006. They released “Extra Medium” a few years ago and are putting out a second release in spring 2014. While making music and playing locally fulfills the band’s artistic reach, their philanthropy now takes the forefront. Smith urges the importance for people to come to the Sunday afternoon show, which takes place early, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is family-friendly.

“Our goal is to offer relief to the people suffering in the Phillippines through an entertaining event that will include great music, selective raffle, and an overall good time,” Smith elaborates. “We just want to do as much as we can.”

This will be the third fund-raiser No Dollar Shoes has been a part of over the course of a few years. They held “We Haiti Earthquakes” and raised over $2,500, plus, they helped the Wilmington food bank up the donations for the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina at a Ziggy’s performance. They performed last weekend at the Port City Christmas Jam, which raised money for Nourish NC.

“We do quite a few [fund-raisers],” Smith says. “It’s hard to even remember how much we raised for which organizations. We just get asked to do them and we always accept. We want to create awareness. Jess had been looking at pictures of the devastation and said he wanted to do something to help [in the Phillipines.] We made it happen. Every dime from this event will be given directly to the American Red Cross.”

Joining No Dollar Shoes will be friends Moonlight Co., another folk/Americana band, and L Shaped Lot, a country band who No Dollar Shoes happily shares the stage with any day. Each band will play for about an hour. “There are no plans to mix up bands,” Smith notes, “but you never know, it could happen.”

A raffle will take place, and offer lots of goodies to participants. “There will be very diverse prizes,” he says. “From T-shirts to gift cards, seed kits to Freakers, zombie-dice drinking games to duck bucks [Duck & Dive’s bar bucks]—we’ll have it all.” Raffle tickets will range from $1 to $5. Folks can contact the band by e-mailing the band at to donate to the raffle.

A lengthy list of sponsors will support the event, such as Mellow Mushroom, Progressive Gardens, Duck and Dive, Cruz Deth Skateboards, Goat & Compass, The Whiskey, Artfuel, Dockside, Edge of Urge, Memory Lane Comics, Freaker USA, Surf City Surf Shop, Finklesteins, Rx Resteraunt, Pembroke’s, Schneider Stone, Porters Neck Veterinary Hospital, Sealevel City Gourmet, Dock Street Printing, Gravity Records, Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar, Reggies 42nd St Tavern, CB Surf Shop, Wilmington Wine, Calico Lounge, Josh Sanie and more.

Phillipines Relief Show

Featuring Moonlight Co., L Shaped Lot and No Dollar Shoes
December 15th, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The Calico Room • 107 S. Front Street
Suggested $10 donation

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