Noise concert helps needy

Campus Times
May 14, 1999


by Summer L. Douglass
Staff Writer

Chapman University and Sleeping Giant Productions sponsored the ninth annual Noise for the Needy concert, which took place last Saturday at the Chapman Sports Complex.

All of the proceeds from the concert went to different charities. The Children's Hospital in Orange County and Mary's Kitchen, which is an organization that feeds the homeless will be receiving financial aide to further their programs for children and the homeless.

Other charity representatives were situated at the entrance of the Chapman Sports Complex promoting important social issues to the crowd. Among those charities were Planned Parenthood and the AIDS Walk Foundation. KROQ-FM also occupied a booth at the entrance of the complex, promoting the bands who performed during the concert.

Dave Green created the Noise for the Needy program approximately nine years ago, wanting to increase awareness for abused children and the homeless. The idea was to promote helping people who are less fortunate through a program that all ages could enjoy.

In the past, the concert has been a great success with many popular bands lined up to perform. Goldfinger, Offspring and Rancid are just a few bands that have performed in years past.

Noise for the Needy was a fun-filled night with powerful music. Approximately 2,000 people showed up to the sold out show. The highlight of the evening occurred when the guitarist of the Vandals stripped down to a thong and jumped on top of a speaker during an intense moment of a song.

The bands that were featured included Slightly Stupid, Long Beach Dub Allstars, the Vandals, Students of Life and Spike 1000. Medusa was scheduled to open the show, but they were unable to perform at the last minute. Students of Life took their place and contributed a lively performance to the concert.

"I have some friends playing here tonight, and the fact that it's for charity, makes it all the better and more impressive," said Fieldy, the bass player for Korn.

The doors opened at 6 p.m. and the first 200 people to arrive at Chapman's Sports Complex received complementary grab bags with free CDs and other goodies. The concert began at 6:45 p.m.

"We're always down to support people in a needy situation. Orange County is cool and we like to play here," said Opie Lopez, the lead singer for the Long Beach Dub Allstars.

Brandon Gass, Director of Entertainment at Chapman University, began planning for this concert in January with the help of other people on campus.

"It was great to see a large outpouring of support from the community to help people in need," said Gass.

The concert has been a huge success each year. However, concert participants claim that, due to a lack of support from the administrators at Chapman, Noise for the Needy will not continue. However, in an attempt to save the Noise for the Needy tradition, petitions were passed out at the entrance of the concert to raise support for this cause.

Tickets went on sale April 12 for the concert at many locations, including Ticket Master, and were $18 each. Chapman students with a picture I.D. purchased tickets for $15 at Chapman University.