Student plans Haiti benefit |

Student plans Haiti benefit

by Ben Barenholtz, Of the Record Staff

Although only a 9th grader at Treasure Mountain International School, Karsyn Robb is already something of an established local musician, having performed at various area venues and on Fox 13 News and Park City Television.

Robb said she picked up a guitar for the first time a few years ago and has been in love with music ever since. Now she wants to use her passion for music to benefit others, deciding to organize a local concert.

"When I heard about what happened in Haiti, I knew I wanted to help," Robb said.

Wanting a charity to which she could donate the concert proceeds, Robb perused available charities online, settling on the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund ( ). The website gave her confidence, she explained, detailing exactly where the money would go and how it would get there.

With no experience in concert organizing, Robb then faced the task of finding a venue and recruiting a solid lineup. "I looked at a lot of places around town, like Eccles and Jim Santy, but they were pretty booked." In the end she spoke with the principal and vice-principal at Ecker Hill, who were happy to host the event and offered to help with logistics. Robb then gathered a respectable array of singer/songwriters by relying on her network of musicians and friends cultivated from playing local gigs.

Mike Paine, Robb’s guitar teacher and accomplished guitarist and performer himself, has signed on to perform, as well as Lora Veater, another of Paine’s students. Nicole Adrienne is a sophomore at Park City High School who also will play the event. Robb said she met Adrienne through choir and said of her voice, "It’s simply amazing."

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One of the biggest names gracing the stage will be musician Kole Christensen, who got involved after meeting Robb at a music camp where Christensen was an organizer. Christensen first gained local prominence winning the Miss Utah Teen USA pageant in 2001 before becoming an indie artist. She’s since toured nationally, including a recent stint as speaker, resident VJ and performer for The Social Media Club House at the 2010 South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

The Haiti Benefit Concert will be held at the Ecker Hill Auditorium on Friday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. A drawing will be held for all ticket holders and prizes have been donated by local area business. Robb is looking for someone who has been to Haiti since the earthquake and would like to speak at the concert. Interested parties can contact Karsyn Robb at (435) 649-3625.

Haiti Benefit Concert

Ecker Hill Auditorium

Friday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.

$5:00 at the door