Dance for a Good Cause at These Hurricane Maria Benefits

Lead Photo: Artwork by Ricardo Levins Morales
Artwork by Ricardo Levins Morales
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Hurricane Irma and María have brought devastation to the Caribbean and Florida over the past few weeks, with millions still reeling from the aftermath of the storms. On Wednesday, María tore through Puerto Rico, leaving the island without power for what may be months. Recovery efforts from Irma, which hit the island just two weeks ago, were still underway, compounding the damage.

Victims in Florida and the Caribbean need as much help as they can get. Puerto Rico in particular is already suffering from a massive debt crisis that will no doubt impact relief efforts. The music and nightlife community has rallied together to stand with victims, and you can show your support by attending one of the benefit shows or fundraisers listed below.

If you need information on loved ones in Puerto Rico, call this hotline. Consider donating time or money to support victims through one of the organizations listed here.

We’ll be updating this list with more information on events as they are announced, so check back for more fundraisers soon.


Supercrush Studio + Carabella Present: Hurricane Maria Benefit

Flyer by Alberto Pazzi

Brooklyn production crew Supercrush Studio and Cara Bella have decided to transform their latest event into a Hurricane María benefit. Live sets from noise pop rebel Losa Pistola, PR punks Reanimadores, Pink Mexico, and Yaasss. Proceeds will go do ConPRmetidos, a non-profit that use funds for “immediate needs of food, shelter, and water and then transition to long-term recovery efforts.”

Tuesday, September 26
Saint Vitus Bar
1120 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, New York
7-11 p.m.
More information on the Facebook event.


Barrio Poetix Hurricane Relief

Barrio Poetix will support grassroots groups’ hurricane relief efforts with poetry and performances from local artists. If you’re a visual artist, consider donating work to raffle off to attendees. The event is sponsored by New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito.

Tuesday, September 26
La Marqueta
1590 Park Ave
New York, NY
5-9 p.m.
$10+ suggested donation
More information on the Facebook event.


Armada Fania Benefit Event (for Mexico & Puerto Rico)

On October 12, stalwart New York salsa label Fania is bringing back Armada Fania, a party series that remixes the label’s roots. This edition of Armada Fania is designed as a benefit event for victims of Hurricane Maria and the earthquake in central Mexico, with sets from Papi Juice’s Oscar Nñ, DJ Bembona, and Uproot Andy. As part of your donation, you will receive a limited edition cassette mixtape (at event) of the Fania classics curated by Oscar Nñ.

Thursday, October 12
90 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY
9 p.m.-2 a.m.
$0-$10 suggested donation
More information on the Facebook event.