Concert hits the right note for quake relief

Cayman businesses and musicians
joined forces to stage the Islands version of Band Aid at last Saturday’s free
Haiti Relief concert.

The 12-hour show attracted massive
crowds at The Oar House, Grand Harbour, and real-time online streaming of the show was
broadcast on the Internet.

“We
got feedback that the show was watched in the UK, the Philippines, Australia
and Hawaii said the show’s chief organiser John Mack.

Local musicians, who performed on
the steps near The Oar House, included Jeff Alban, Harmony Scott, Charlie Goes
Electric, Red White Blues, the Vagabonds, EZ Band, Sea ‘n’ B, Barefoot Man with
Andy Martin, Love Culture, Big Eye, Squirrel and Suckerbox.

“The
event… surpassed all expectations in my opinion… the energy was positive. I am
honoured to have been involved with such an undertaking,” said Stuart Wilson,
Love Culture band leader.

 “Thanks to all the musicians, sponsors, staff,
volunteers and patrons the Haiti Relief Concert was a resounding success.  Through the generosity of all who donated we
were able to raise over $16,000 for the Red Cross Haiti Appeal Fund. This is a
significant amount of money and will definitely make a difference,” said Mr.
Mack of the Brick House.

The monies, which are earmarked for
the Cayman Islands Red Cross Haiti relief efforts, have given a significant
boost to the organisation’s fundraising efforts.

The
CIRC Deputy Director Carolina Herrera said: “The relief concert [last] weekend
was a… phenomenal, and we are very fortunate to have such tremendous corporate
partners who are willing to co-ordinate and support these types of events…  Haiti’s road to recovery will be a long and
arduous one, so every little bit has a tremendous impact on a human life.”

Concertgoers
were equally impressed.

 “It was a great day
for all. In true human spirit the Cayman Islands has stepped up to contribute
to help another country in the region in need,” said Dan Andersen, who attended
the show with his young family. “It’s clear that our hopes and thoughts go out
to the people of Haiti.”

Lecturer at University of the
College of the Cayman Islands, Keith Jardim, was particularly impressed by the
line-up given that the show was arranged so soon after the magnitude-7 quake. “The
music was excellent. Charley Goes Electric was really nice and Clever Knots
were excellent doing something… unique and refreshing.”

Z99’s Operations Manager JB said: “Cayman
came out in force. It was a great day of live music, food and fun.

“Everyone gave what they could for
Haiti relief.”

The show ended at midnight.

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Sea ‘n’ B were one of a host of performers at last Saturday’s Haiti Relief concert.
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