Mustafa Eshanzada and Tarick Rockn began performing as under the moniker Digibot in 2011, and in less than a year the Inland Empire producers organized their inaugural Music For Humanity benefit concert. The fundraiser makes its way to Orange County this year with Music For Humanity: Syria, delivering a diverse lineup to The Yost Theater in Santa Ana on August 9. The upcoming show will bring back repeat performer and globally recognized hip-hop artist Omar Offendum, Digibot, and a handful of support that includes Ted Z and The Wranglers, Evertheory, and Italix. "The way I look at it, this is a non-profit, smaller, local version of Coachella," Rockn says. "[The atmosphere] is like a rock show, but there's something for everyone. Everybody's there to have a good time."
|Mustafa Eshanzada and Tarick Rockn |
Each incarnation of Music For Humanity aids a new cause, and this year's event for Syria raises awareness and funds for people impacted by the war torn region. All of the proceeds from ticket and merch sales will go directly to Islamic Relief USA, a non-profit organization that will assist Syrians in need of food and medical supplies. Eshanzada and Rockn note that a recent shift in border conditions will allow Islamic Relief to take supplies directly into Syria, versus aiding refugees in neighboring countries. The duo chose Islamic Relief because of their positive interactions working with them in the past, and the organizations ratings from non-profit watchdog site Charity Navigator.
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