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Sweet Micky Headlines One Caribbean Haiti Relief Concert Sunday at the Crossroads

HaitiAlli1OneSWhile 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 René Préval); 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.

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  • Live Band

    I recently watched a report on CNN about the struggles that Haiti is still continuing to work through after the earthquakes. It's important that as we move on with our lives, that we do not forget the orphans of Haiti.

  • Love A DJ

    Thanks for the info, I'm sorry I missed it! Wyclef Jean seemed to be the only person still pushing for Haiti relief, so I'm glad that someone else got in on it. Besides, Sweet Micky is a great DJ and entertainer. I'm sure he was amazing.