TACOMA — With the theme of “Fire & Ice,” UW Tacoma’s 2014 Spring Benefit Concert brings together two very different genres to gain some serious attention for a good cause: clean water. The concert will feature the sizzling, hazy, bass heavy, Boston folk rock sound of The Ballroom Thieves, and the fresh, upbeat, hip-hop, L.A. cool soundscape of Khleo Thomas, also known as Zero from the 2003 Disney movie, Holes.
The concert will be held at The Swiss Restaurant and Pub, 1904 Jefferson Ave. in Tacoma, on May 1, 2014 starting at 7:30 p.m.
When fire meets ice, there is water. In keeping with the theme of the concert, all proceeds from the evening will benefit Splash.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing clean water around the world. The organization, founded by UW Tacoma alumnus Eric Stowe, ’01, has helped bring clean water to more than 250,000 children in some of the poorest areas of the world.
Concert planner Cristiana Ventura said choosing Splash.org as the concert beneficiary was a no-brainer partly because of the founder’s connection to UW Tacoma but also because of the urgency of the cause. “Most of us have never had to look very far for clean water. We’ve never had to leave our schools and homes, to go across town to the town’s only faucet. With water all around us, how could there ever be a shortage? Yet there are 800 million people on the planet who don’t have access to clean water,” said Ventura.
“Together, the Tacoma community can come out to mix fire and ice and, through Splash.org, share clean water with the world,” said Ventura.
The concert is open to all ages, but suggested for 13+. Tickets are $7 for the general public, $5 with a UW ID. Tickets can be purchased online at uwtfi.brownpapertickets.com or on campus in MAT 103. Tickets will not be sold at the door.