Several local bands and nightspots jumped to the aid of Hurricane Katrina victims last week, and that spirit continues this week and for several weeks to come.
On Friday at the New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City, almost a dozen local bands will perform; a minimum $5 donation at the door will go to the Red Cross. Those on the bill include Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets, the Peabodies, Ronny Elliott and the Nationals, Crash Mitchell and more. The show starts at 9 p.m.
At Friendly Fisherman's Pirate Cove, 150 John's Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach, from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday, there's a band marathon plus silent auctions and a raffle; servers will donate a portion of tips. Performers include Wendy and the Soul Shakers, Tom Kats, Tommy G. and the High Seas, Kevin Toon, Michael Young, Rob Foster and many more, with open jams throughout the day. (727) 744-2693, (727) 391-6025 or (727) 642-9960.
Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., throws a Katrina benefit on Sunday also, with bands that include Stick Martin Show, Weak Sauce, Human Condition, Bandro, Ghetto Onion, Full Fledged Unit and many more. Hours are 3 to 11 p.m. at Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin. It's free, but donations will be taken for the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, and there will be raffles and auctions. (727) 736-0606.
At the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg on Saturday, Grammy-winning violinist L. Shankar will perform in a benefit with the Renaissance Center's Cultural Kids, Junior Jazz Ambassadors, Renaissance Latin Jazz Ensemble, Urbangroove, L.A. Drum Cartel and others. The concert also benefits Project Ahimsa, a youth music charity. 7-11 p.m. $75 single, $120 couple. (813) 282-8681, ext. 226.
Other benefits coming up:
Benefit concert, 7 p.m. Sept. 29, Masquerade, Tampa. $10.
Mardi Gras Fundraiser with the Porch Dogs and for New Orleans Saint Jim Pietrzak, 4-10 p.m. Oct. 1. Cajun Cafe on the Bayou, Pinellas Park. $15.
Musicians for Hurricane Relief, 1-9 p.m. Oct. 9, Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa. $10.