Yoko Ono headlined a benefit concert for Japan at Columbia University’s Miller Theater yesterday, March 27, raising an impressive $33,000 according to Rolling Stone. Also participating in the event were “art-rock” heroes Sonic Youth, Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton, as well as several other musicians.

Yoko Ono joins the likes of pop stars like Lady Gaga and Gwen Stefani, who have both contributed to relief efforts since the earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan.

The March 27 concert was merely the first in a series of five shows curated by John Zorn; Artist Direct reports that the second show featuring Yoko Ono will be held tomorrow, March 29 at Le Poisson Rouge and will welcome special guest Patti Smith.

As always, it’s great to see that musicians of all types are showing us that everyone can find some way to contribute to those in need. Yoko Ono’s husband (John Lennon, but we hope we don’t need to tell you that) was a man who reminded the world that one of the most important things we can do as human beings is set aside our differences and learn to coexist; we’re glad she’s carrying on the family tradition as best she can.

Do you think artists are doing enough by performing benefit concerts, or should they find more direct ways to contribute?