Gimme Shelter Benefit: Tiny Vipers, Dusty 45s, Kristen Ward

’Tis the season for benefit concerts. And while there are a lot of organizations that could use some extra cash this winter, Gimme Shelter addresses one of this year’s biggest local issues: Seattle’s growing homeless population. Proceeds will benefit the Downtown Emergency Service Center, an organization that provides both short- and long-term housing assistance, especially for those who are mentally ill, elderly, or both. But you won’t have to suffer through schmaltzy claptrap just to help the homeless, because this lineup is solid as asphalt: Sub Pop folk sensation Tiny Vipers, up-and-coming alt-country songwriter Kristen Ward, and rockabilly concern the Dusty 45s (who also celebrate the release of their EP, Fortunate Man, at this show). The Triple Door, 216 Union St., 325-1592, $20. 7 p.m. (all ages) and 10 p.m. (21 and over). SARA BRICKNER

Fri., Nov. 21, 2008

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