Haitian-born, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Melky Jean and music producer Farel Jean, siblings of Wyclef Jean, will host “Rock to Rebuild,” a benefit concert for Haiti, on Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.
Grammy-nominated R&B vocalist Mario, pop-rock artist Ryan Cabrera, acoustic guitarist and singer Adam Day, R&B vocalist Mya, and TLC member T-Boz are among the national recording artists expected to share the stage with the Morgan State Choir and Baltimore’s international Afro-jazz ensemble The ARKJammers. Multi-platinum producer Darryl Pearson, whose credits include projects with Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Chris Cornell, is the concert’s music director.
The evening will feature multimedia tributes to local organizations aiding Haiti’s recovery, such as the USNS Comfort hospital ship, University of Maryland Shock Trauma and Johns Hopkins institutions.
Event proceeds benefit Partners in Health, Architecture for Humanity, Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services, and Melky Jean’s Carma Foundation, all of which are working on the ground in Haiti and are committed to the country’s long-term well-being.
“’Rock to Rebuild’ will celebrate Baltimore’s phenomenal support for the cause by bringing together performers whose vibrant music expresses our hopes for the people of Haiti,” said Paul Wolman, a Baltimore resident and business owner who spearheaded efforts to organize the concert. He convened local arts, business and nonprofit leaders, and together they established BaltimoreACTS, a campaign to galvanize ongoing community and business support for critical causes.
“Our goal is to build on the energy and passion that’s emerged since the earthquake and channel it into other vital endeavors,” said Wolman.
Seventy members and growing, the group has secured a matching grant for all contributions above the concert’s $35 general admission price. The Aber D. Unger Foundation will match every dollar BaltimoreACTS raises for Haiti up to $50,000, including corporate underwriting for the concert. The Baltimore Community Foundation is handling the financial administration of donations.
Reserved VIP seating for “Rock to Rebuild” is $100 and includes a pre-concert reception. General admission with open seating is $35. For tickets and information about underwriting and volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, call (443) 469-8460.