While the media may have moved on to covering Chile, Haiti’s massive problems following the January earthquake will continue for some time, and that means some benefit shows for the latter will keep happening. On Sunday night at the Crossroads in Bladensburg, Haiti’s Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly and his band will headline the One Caribbean Haiti Relief Concert.
For 20 years now, Sweet Micky’s synthesizer- and keyboard-driven konpa-pop has made him a star in the Haitian music world. While some are puzzled by his politics (he supported the military takeover but now endorses the country’s president RenéPréval); there’s no question that his dance-till-you-drop rhythms and his oft-crazy costumes (think wigs and women’s clothing) have won him attention across the political and socioeconomic spectrum. Though his wall of keyboards come off as roller-rink cheesy to some detractors, don’t expect any complaints Sunday night.
He’ll be joined by a number of locally based Caribbean artists including Rafrechi (a Maryland-based Haitian band); the Image Band (soca) ; Proverbs Reggae Band; Pan Masters Steel Orchestra; La Musicale Dance Works; Fan Fan (local Haitian Guitarist/Vocalist); and Peter Humphrey (vocalist).
Sunday March 7- “One Caribbean Haiti Relief Concert” featuring Sweet Micky and others at the Crossroads, 4103 Baltimore Avenue (Route 1), Bladensburg, MD 20710-1028. Doors Open 4 p.m. – Events Starts 5 p.m. Donation: Minimum Of: $20:00 at the door; 100% of Funds Will Be Donated To Three Haitian Grass Roots Organizations. (301) 927-1056.