Sound cause

Concert to help tsunami victims, troops
Sunday, January 9, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:39 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Columbia resident BeCarr Washington is searching for musicians of all types to participate in a benefit concert in early February for the tsunami victims as well as the troops in Iraq.

After watching the death toll rise to more than 150,000 in South Asia, Washington wanted to help any way he could, and he figured his best efforts would be through a benefit concert.

“I just want to do what I can, every little bit,” he said.

Although Washington produces mostly hip-hop, he wants to bring people of all musical inclinations for the concert that might be at the Blue Note.

“We would like volunteers from all types of music, from country to rock and roll, to come help out the troops and the tsunami relief fund as well as support your local artists,” Washington said.

Washington is CEO of Midwest Chocolate Entertainment, a 14-month-old Columbia business that is trying to put mid-Missouri on the hip-hop industry map.

Richard King is interested in hosting the benefit concert at the Blue Note.

“It’s one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen and (the tsunami victims) need all the help they can get,” King said.

Although the concert is in the early stages, Washington has contacted three record labels and booked one artist, Ras Tree, a Jefferson City reggae performer.

“It’s an excellent opportunity to support the cause and promote my own music,” said Tree, whose real name Ken Beauchum.

The proceeds of the show will go to the Red Cross Beneficiary Fund.

Jutta Hopkins, executive director of the Boone County Chapter of the Red Cross, said she is confident the concert will be successful.

“I’m sure it will appeal to a lot of people,” she said. “There are many ways to raise money and it all counts up.”

Artists interested in performing for the benefit concert should contact Washington before Jan. 29 at 449-8803.

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