We rocked, it rained. We rolled, it shined. Six bands, poetry, a silent auction and painting pots in the park – all on the same infamous day that Nazis and counter protestors crowded the capitol. It was a politically and socially charged day in Mid-Michigan, and The Big Green spent it putting on a benefit concert for AIDS orphans. We had a great time, and we hope you did too.
The Big Green Benefit Bash was held on April 22 in the Valley Court Park and raised $1400 for Starfish, an organization that provides support to children orphaned by the AIDS in Southern Africa. We at The Big Green would like to thank all the performers, supporters, and sponsors of our first-ever community event!

[sign2]Pulling it Off: A Series Of Unforseeable Events
The sign that kept out the rain and spread the word. Stage? Check. Sign? Check. Bands? Check. People? Check. Not knowing exactly what we were doing but trying our best to throw a kick-ass show? Check.

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She Sure Likes to Talk
Playing both emcee and organizer, graduating journalism senior Hunko kept the excitement going and the donations flowing while announcing the acts.

Voted Best Hair of the Benefit
The Hassan Malouf Jazz Band kicked off the show with a set of smooth tunes and intricate compositions.[hassan]

[erik]Your Mom
Next came the East Lansing duo comprised of bassist Erik Adams (Arts&Culture writer) and guitarist and singer Carrie Syzmanski. The two are also members of the improv group Your Mom, so we were not just blatantly assaulting your Mom.

[rain]Rain Drops Keep Fallin on My Head
Seriously, we had tarps everywhere. But the sun came out and disaster, deferred.

Everyone Loves a Hippie Jam Band
That should be the next Urban Outfitters tee. Rumor has it this was one of the Tree\’s last performances as a band, because of members graduating and moving on. We were honored to have them perform at the Benefit. [family tree]

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We Got\’s To Get Paid
All the proceeds of the silent auction went to Starfish. Thank you to all the local businesses that donated merchandise and gift certificiates to the auction. Heather Hymes, event organizer and Starfish representative extraordinaire, explains the auction to former Sex & Health editor Aparna Echempati. Levi Bender, who helped out with everything from grilling at the Mongolian BBQ fundraiser to setting up the stage, looks on.

All in the Family[family2]
Without the racist, arm chair-addicted father. The Family Tree and La Famiglia performed at the Benefit, now that\’s a lot of familial action in one place!

Reunited, and It Feels So Good!
Drawing more fans than any other act, Mark and Travis, formerly of the Giveaway, played their first live set in quite some time. [mark]

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Inspiring Words
Journalism senior Prince threw down to poems by African American greats Langston Hughes and Marian Anderson.
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[molly2]One of a Kind
Even without a drummer during her set, Molly-Jean pumped out her always melodic tunes and entertained the crowd of givers, movers and shakers.

[donate]Generousity Abound
Community members and students gave to the cause from their own pockets. Thank you to everyone that came and donated, we could not have done it without you. Assistant Editor and next year\’s Editor-in-Chief, Ashley Symons, works the donation circuit.

[familiglia2]Hailin\’ From the 616
This six-piece jazz/hip-hop fusion band closed a great show. Their beats brought people out from their homes and into the park. Thank you to La Famiglia for coming all the way to East Lansing to rock for the cause.

A special thanks goes out to our partners, the Community Relations Coalition, MRULE, MSU History Department, African Studies Center and Lansing Area AIDS Network. Thank you to everyone else that made the Benefit possible.
Keep reading and keep rocking.

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