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From D.C., the Gulf Coast’s oil-spill crisis can feel remote. And donating money to relieve it can feel like mere drops in a large body of water. But Brandon Moses, of the D.C. band Laughing Man,says it’s a cause worth partying for. And so Laughing Man and a handful of local acts—-Typefighter, Drop Electric, and DJ Smudge—-are getting together tonight at the Rock and Roll Hotel to raise money and awareness to aid the Gulf Coast.

The “Heal, Baby, Heal” concert’s Facebook event says that besides “taking advantage of the awesome D.C. local music scene [attendees] are gonna drink/party/dance with the goal of helping some of those de-employed workers and oily birds that don’t deserve any of this.” Tickets are $12, and will go toward the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and Second Harvest Food Bank.

STREAM: Laughing Man – “Almost Always” (unmastered recording from the band’s forthcoming EP)


For his part, Moses got his start in service, not indie rock. When he lived in Philadelphia, Moses worked with a community development program that gave children a place to eat and work on homework after school. After a while, the program came across some issues, and funding fell through. Moses decided to turn to music, and started performing to raise money so that the kids could still have a safe place to go to. He compares his efforts to that of Positive Force D.C.—-in the sense that music can be used as a form of activism.

Laughing Man has spent most of the summer working on an EP, but took a break from recording to play the benefit. Drop Electric also sees benefit shows as important, says the group’s drummer, Ramtin Arablouei, no matter how removed or dire the cause.

DOWNLOAD: Drop Electric: “Ruthless Youth”


“This show is just a microscopic addition to that effort,” Araboeui says. “But we will continue to do as much as we can for this cause in the future, within a musical context or not.”

The show takes place tonight at 8 p.m. at the Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $12. All ages.