Tonight, Faire Gallery and Cafe (1351 East Olive Way) is hosting a benefit for Haiti, where all of the proceeds will go to L'Union Fait La Force (Strength Through Unity). If you've ever been to Faire on a Sunday night, you'll know the small space gets pretty cozy as house jazz musicians groove out. You may also know they offer an unparalleled Nutella mocha. Faire regulars Mark Sampson, Owuor Arunga, Grant Stroff, and Conrad Real will be playing starting at 9 PM, and the event is open to all ages.
Politics-and-more blog PubliCola is throwing a one-year anniversary party at the Crocodile (2200 2nd Avenue) tonight, with live free performances from THEESatisfaction, CMYK, and Song Sparrow Research. The show is completely free; in fact, they say they'll buy a drink for the first 200 people that show up after the doors open at 6 PM. And yes, they'll be live-streaming the State of the Union address as well.
There's quite a few places to catch local hip-hop this evening, starting in Fremont, where Fatal Lucciauno heads a bill with Ripynt (who was featured last year in this cover story written by Kevin Capp), Gran Rapids, Notion, and DJ Swervewon at the High Dive (513 N 36th St) for $6.....and down in Belltown, the smooth rap stylings of Helladope take the stage at the Rendezvous (2322 2nd Avenue). They're using the show to fundraise to press their debut, self-titled album, slated to be released on March 12. If you haven't yet bore witness to Helladope-- who will be opening for the legendary Goodie Mob next month-- then you have not experienced one of the catchiest songs of 2009, "Rainwater." State of the Artist and Katie Kate will also perform.
Finally, if you're trying to catch some real up-and-comers, alternative arts school Nova High is throwing a showcase of their student bands in the Central District tonight, featuring such groups as the Narcotic Lollipops, Boy Love and Powergasp! The show is at the Cafetorium (300 20th Ave.) and starts at 6:30 PM. Admission is by suggested donation.