Red Cross Rock

The Olive Tree lends a branch.

It's been roughly a month since Katrina made waves in the Gulf Coast, but the effort to assist evacuees has only begun. Though our commander in sleep took his sweet time before stepping in, the American Red Cross was on the scene to do what it could with what it had -- donations from concerned people clear across the globe. So it's time once again for more hurricane relief events to benefit the Red Cross.

Proving that it's more than a venue for blue hairs and their grandkids, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts hosts Sunday's Rock to Rebuild. From 2 to 6 p.m., a handful of the area's top acts takes the stage at the Gosman Amphitheatre. The outdoor show features bands like Truckstop Coffee, Doorway 27, the Olive Tree, the local, and Inhouse; solo musicians Jason Colannino and Brian Franklin; and improv comedy troupe Mod 27.

Meanwhile, the Helping Hand Concert at the Surf Café is definitely about helping; the concert part, well, that's sort of a misnomer. Sure, 20-plus bands perform Friday through Sunday -- Souleye, Blood and Batteries, and JJ Immortal, to name a few. But there's also a blood drive, food and clothing collections, CPR and first-aid clinics, a firefighter boot camp, raffles, games, and -- hang on, we're almost done -- a cook-off contest. Of particular interest is the dunk game, in which random volunteers step inside a dunk tank set up in the parking lot. Five bucks gets you three balls; a direct hit wins you a free beer. Even if your aim sucks and you go broke without a single dunk, just remember: It's your donation that counts. You can try out for the Marlins some other time.


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