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Local bands raise money for Japan

Hear great music and give a helping hand at two benefit concerts planned to send aid to victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami.

Brandon Robbins and Johnny Hernandez of The Promotion Company of Oregon, based in Medford, have organized a benefit concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, at CultureWorks, 310 Oak St., Ashland.

The lineup includes Andy Casad and the Fret Drifters, The Rogue Suspects, Living on Dreams Jazz Band, Cast of Clowns with Craig Wright, 541 Syndicate, acoustic guitarist Kyndel, blues guitarist Pete Herzog, songwriter Gene Burnett, acoustic duo David Brown and Blossom Bluesky and hip hop artists Kamaki and Gums.

Admission is a minimum donation of $5. There will be a canned-food drive, a silent auction and raffles.

Proceeds will be donated to the Southern Oregon Chapter of American Red Cross.

Call 541-499-3407 for information.

Ashland musician Tom Stamper has organized a jazzfest to be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at Lee's Cuisine, 2345 Ashland St., Suite E.

The lineup includes The Modern Prometheus Jazz Company, The Siskiyou Jazz Project, The Paul Schmeling Trio, featuring vocalist Danielle Kelly, and The Dal Carver Trio, featuring vocalist Gwen Herbert.

Staff members from the Southern Oregon Chapter of American Red Cross will be on hand to collect donations at the concert. Admission is a suggested donation of $10, but more is encouraged. Korean appetizers will be provided. Call 541-488-9030 for information.

For those who cannot attend the benefit concerts, donations to Japan's disaster-relief efforts may be made by contacting the American Red Cross at 541-779-3773, Medford's Salvation Army at 541-773-7335 or United Way of Jackson County at 541-773-5339.