Brac Aid a community effort

The community turned out in force – as did the wind – last Saturday evening to raise funds for the Brac relief efforts at the Brac Aid concert, held at Camana Bay.

Ten local acts donated their time to perform for the crowds and encourage donations at the free event.

From Suckerbox to Hi Tide to hometown guests The Brac Country Roosters, the genres were broad and the fans were varied. Seating was full, but many took to the dancefloor to boogie the night away to their favourite tunes.

Many chose to dine at Camana Bay restaurant Abacus, sitting outside with a view of the stage and grooving in their chairs.

The artists interacted with the crowd throughout the evening, encouraging donations. Barrie Quappe, during Sea’n’B’s set, spoke of the Caymanian spirit of resiliency.

Also on-hand to spur on the crowd were emcees Big Kahuna and Z99 DJ and Operations Manager at Hurley’s Entertainment JB Webb, who was delighted at how the event went.

Although the total amount raised for the Brac was not available by press time, Mr. Webb said it would most likely be an impressive figure.

‘We were well over $10,000 by midnight on Friday,’ he commented.

Many of the artists and businesses taking part or sponsoring the show were ecstatic about how the night went.

‘We were delighted to sponsor an event that supports such a worthwhile cause,’ said Tammie Chisholm, editor of Cayman Free Press, whose What’s Hot magazine sponsored the night.

Susanna deSaram, communications manager at Camana Bay, was equally pleased with the turnout.

‘Camana Bay was delighted to partner with Hurleys Entertainment to host such an enjoyable evening in support of such a valuable cause. There was a great atmosphere with lots of families and people dancing till midnight,’ she said.

Pam Burgess, lead vocalist for Suite Elite, who closed out the night, was equally happy that the band had chosen to donate their time for the cause.

‘When we finished at midnight the crowd surrounded the stage and yelled for more which was amazing – the band wanted more too, it was all over too soon,’ she said.

‘Having a superb stage and sound set-up from AI Rentals was fantastic for the bands. It is not too often that Cayman’s musicians get together like this, and look what can happen when we do.

‘Suite Elite would be delighted to do it all again. I only hope large events like this can happen more often in Cayman.’