The Montclair community will once again come together for an evening of music, community-building, and support for Haiti at the Sixth Annual Concert for Haiti on Saturday, February 7. The annual event is hosted by Outpost in the Burbs.
The 2015 Concert for Haiti, a fundraiser for Edeyo Foundation, Lamp for Haiti and the Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP), will feature Steve Forbert who broke into the national music scene in 1978 with his debut album, Alive on Arrival and Bohio Music, composed of Riva Precil and Monvelyno Alexis presenting a seamless fusion of Racine/Roots, World Music, Jazz and African tones
Also performing will be Zing Experience (see left) fusing rock and Haitian Roots (Rasin) to create a soulful sound, with influences from artists as diverse as Boukman Eksperyans, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Marley; Big Mamou, a Cajun and country collision of Zydeco; The Cliff Notes, a Montclair area student band; Passing Notes, Montclair High School’s choral a Capella group performing eclectic repertoire which in the past has included “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Autumn Leaves,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” “Float On,” “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “Lullaby,” “Carry On My Wayward Son” and “Yesterday;” and Melissa Walker and Jazz House Kids: a collective of extremely talented swing jazz musicians from the Montclair area, led by internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist and recording artist, Melissa Walker.
Edeyo Foundation has provided free education, food, water, and social support to the children of the impoverished Bel-Air neighborhood in Port-au-Prince for the past six years. Bel-Air is a “red-zone” neighborhood that receives no international NGO support due to security concerns. The Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP) has provided university scholarships to high performing high school graduates throughout Haiti based solely on merit and need since 1996. Lamp for Haiti reduces the causes of ill health by engaging in water and sanitation projects, supporting local schools, and providing health education and humanitarian aid.
Sixth Annual Concert for Haiti
Saturday, February 7 at 7:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 67 Church Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Tickets: $22 in advance / $25 at the door and are available at Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield St) and Terra Tea Salon (50 South Fullerton in The Montclair Public Library) or online here