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Boise Hearts Haiti


Two weeks ago, Jesse Larsen sprung out of bed with a great idea: He would gather musicians and artists in the community to help raise money for charities working in Haiti.

"I just woke up one day and was like, 'You know, I've got a lot of free time, maybe I should do something for the community.'"

Larsen and pal Lauren Tweedy threw up a Facebook page and got the ball rolling. David Hale donated the Linen Building for the evening and local artists like Erin Ruiz, Ben Wilson, Allison Halligan, Jonathan Benton, Erin Cunningham, Sue Latta, James Calentino, Jeff Baker, Grant Olsen, Tim Andreae and Jenny Burdin agreed to donate work for a silent auction. Also, they got Steve Fulton, Matt Hopper, RevoltRevolt and Bank to play 45-minute to one-hour sets (in that order).

"We're going to set the music up so that it flows organically throughout the evening ... from a more mature crowd in the evening during the art auction, toward the younger crowd, more geared toward a concert and a bar at night."

Larsen is asking for a $5 minimum donation at the door, with all proceeds from the event going to Food For the Poor and Doctors Without Borders.

"I really want people to realize that when they come together as a community to affect change on a global issue, like something that happened in Haiti, the smaller local issues can benefit as well," said Larsen. "You can make connections and grow your business and get your name out there, as far as being a philanthropic business owner in Boise."

Saturday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m., $5 donation, The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St. For more information, visit