The people of Puerto Rico are in great needs after the devastation of their country in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Puerto Ricans were not spared by Mother nature, this is the least we can say. And at the top of this, our current president seems to have a complete lack of empathy for this region, as if he were ignoring that Puerto Rico is part of the United States. ‘Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble..,’ he causally tweeted as if he were not in charge before tossing rolls of paper towels into the crowd when he visited the place. What a weird and ridiculous thing to do.
As usually, we should only count on ourselves, and this is why Los Angeles is organizing a ‘LA United for Puerto Rico Benefit at the Lodge Room’ on November 3rd. Many artists are on the bill, including fuzz rocker Ty Segall, who was one of the major headliners at the recent Desert Daze festival. He will play an acoustic solo, so something a bit different from his usual furious act, but still worth it. Other popular acts include sisters Jennifer and Jessica Clavin of the punk pop-rock band Bleached, Mikal Cronin (Ty Segall’s long time collaborator), Sub Pop Records artist King Tuff (also going solo), singer songwriter Shannon Lay (of the band Feels), as well as Brazilian singer songwriter Rodrigo Amarante (of the bands Los Hermanos, Orquestra Imperial, and Little Joy), indie folk pop artist William Tyler (Lambchop and Silver Jews), Shana Cleveland (of indie surf rock band La Luz) and DJs Cren$haw and Permanent Records.
The Lodge Room is located in Highland Park, and all the proceeds (tickets are $20) are going to Waves for Water, an organization dedicated to bring clean water to all Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria victims. So you know what you should do if you are in Los Angeles.