Music for Relief charity rocks NIU

By Kelly Johnson

Students will get a chance to donate to a cause as well as enjoy some rock music with a Tsunami Relief Concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Holmes Student Center’s Diversions Lounge.

The Beta Mu Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota is organizing the show. Bands confirmed to play include Second Star, The Buzz Spectors, Protosaur, Super String and Steven Bartholomew.

“We have the Diversions Lounge booked from 7 p.m. to midnight so bands will get a chance to play for about half an hour,” organizer Jon Walter said.

The show started as an idea for a philanthropy project for Sigma Alpha Iota. According to its national Web site,, the SAI Philanthropies, Inc. is the “charitable arm of Sigma Alpha Iota … Its mission is to promote all aspects of music creation and encourage music for and through the music on campus.”

The band Protosaur plays at the SAI house from time to time and helped spread the word about the concert to other bands.

“We organized the event through the Internet and word of mouth. We put information in our profiles online and shared it with our friends,” Walter said. “We want to help out [with the Tsunami Relief] as much as we can.”

Second Star hails from Arlington Heights and released its demo Feb. 18. Its punk sound draws comparisons to The Early November and Something Corporate.

Since 1996, The Buzz Spectors have evolved into a punk pop band. Its last record, “Attacked by Ninjas,” was released in 2003.

The event costs $5. All proceeds will benefit the charity “Music for Tsunami Relief.”