Vail’s music scene’s support for Haiti continues |

Vail’s music scene’s support for Haiti continues

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily/Mark RidenourLater this month, Vail musician Scotty Stoughton, pictured here, will travel to Haiti to work with the nonprofit Hands on Disaster Relief, helping to clean up rubble left behind by the earthquake.

VAIL, Colorado– If all goes well, Scotty Stoughton of Vail’s Samana Lounge will be hauling a big bag full of soccer balls, Frisbees and coloring books to Haiti later this month. Stoughton is catching a flight to the island on April 27. He’ll be volunteering with the Hands on Disaster Response, a nonprofit organization that’s been working to help the Haitian people since the massive earthquake struck the country in February.

On Sunday night, Samana Lounge’s five house DJ’s – DJ Psychonaut, DJ Wild Bill, DJ Hal, DJ Adamross and DJ Joseph Lee – will join Stoughton on percussion for a show at the Vail club. Donations will be accepted at the door and all of the money raised will be used to buy items for children in Haiti, Stoughton said.

Stoughton helped organize a benefit concert by local musicians in February, which raised $4,000 to support Hands on Disaster Response’s work in Haiti.

“That’s why I wanted to go down there,” Stoughton said. “I’ve heard great things about the organization. They’ve teamed up with the Canadian Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and Doctors Without Borders and they’re working mainly in Leogane, which is 12 miles west of Port au Prince.”

Stoughton expects to spend at least 10 days in Leogane, and maybe longer.

“I have malaria pills for a few weeks,” he said.

While he’s there, Stoughton will likely spend most of his time cleaning up rubble.

“It’ll be a ton of cleanup,” he said. “The goal is to clean up people’s home sites so they can put up temporary structures where their house was.”

Stoughton is also busy organizing the second Campout For The Cause. This year Campout For The Cause is teaming up with The Realm Festival that was held outside of Aspen for four years. The combined event is set for July 2-4 at Rancho del Rio, near State Bridge.

Big Gigantic, Elephant Revival, DJ Ana-Sia and many other musicians and bands will perform, Stoughton said. Proceeds from the outdoor festival will benefit Hands on Disaster Response and Realm of Caring, a local nonprofit that provides children with musical instruments and after-school music lessons. For more information about the event, visit

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