On Tuesday, the Belly Up is set to host the first in a string of release parties for the benefit compilation Unsigned | Unrest.
Broken Hearts Records, the San Diego nonprofit Believe in Something and the Burlington Art/Music Foundation have teamed up to lend a helping hand to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. One hundred percent of the proceeds of 13 different local-artist collections will be donated. The charitably inclined Drew Shirley of San Diego’s very own Switchfoot has been enlisted by local organizers to take on hosting duties at the Belly Up event. The Howls, Kut You Up and Shantyannes are on the bill for the night.
Believe in Something founder Steff Colonna is dedicated to transforming her love for music into an avenue for charity. In addition to its philanthropic dividends, the compilation includes a number of exclusive tracks from the Howls, Kut U Up and another local group, Neveready.
“I wanted to make sure some of the bands I know from San Diego had a chance to stand out,” said
Colonna, a 10-year SD native.
John Cooper of the Howls admitted that he was roped into the project on the recommendation of Shirley; the Switchfoot guitarist is a longtime friend. Cooper said he was gratified about being involved in the collective effort.
“It’s good to see other bands putting the work in to put this together," Cooper said.
Giving back appears to be no sweat for the up-and-coming band: "I hadn't really thought about it. We just got asked to make a song to help some kinds, and we were like, 'Let’s do it!' "
Doors at the Belly Up on Tuesday are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 presale or $14 at the door for this 21+ show.