Grand Stadium to Host Hua Hin Helps Benefit Charity Concert

Grand Stadium to Host Hua Hin Helps Benefit Charity Concert
Grand Stadium to Host Hua Hin Helps Benefit Charity Concert

The Hua Hin Grand Hotel Stadium will host Hua Hin Helps, a charity concert, featuring international and local musicians for a night of eclectic music in support of the local nonprofit organization, Connect3e.

Hua Hin Helps will take place from 20:00 to 24:00 on Saturday, October 15, 2011, offering a variety of live music performances, a live dance show, a charity raffle and snacks from local restaurants.
Hua Hin Helps Coordinator Peter Barry said the headline act is the Lincoln Davis Trio, a new and sophisticated fusion group from Australia. The Lincoln Davis Trio has been described as, “Classical music with the down-to-earth rawness of blues and folk,” according to the group’s MySpace page.

Barry said the idea for the event began in collaboration with the musician Lincoln Davis, who is coming to Thailand as part of the group, Sailing Conductors. Barry said, the Sailing Conductors are musicians sailing from Sydney, Australia to Berlin, Germany and collaborating with the people they meet to learn and perform traditional music.
“[Lincoln] is touring all around the world making a documentary about music in different countries, and one of his stops along the way is Thailand. He wanted to do a concert here, so I said I’ll help him do that,” Barry said. “We know about Connect3e, and it’s a good organization, so I thought, let’s join these together. The idea just developed from there.”
In addition to the Lincoln Davis Trio, there will be several performances by local musicians, including the duo, Mr. Pahp and Mr. Doctor, who will perform southern Thai music, and a southern Thai band, Sabaii Blue, that will perform blues and reggae.
“Mr. Pahp and Mr. Doctor play very southern and relaxing music. They’ve been playing around Thailand for many years and at local bars here,” said Barry.

All profits from the event will be donated directly to Connect3e, an organization that helps provide support and resources for several Karen villages located in the Pala-U and Ratchaburi areas. Connect3e is entirely dependent on private donations and provides support through a philosophy of, “Embrace, educate and empower.”

Barry said the funds from the benefit concert will specifically help the organization Connect3e support local Karen villages in development.
“I hope the event is going to inform people about Connect3e, and the situation with Burma and the Karen, spread awareness, and raise money. It might also pave the way for future events for charity. It may be a beginning of something more long term,” Barry said.

Barry said he chose Connect3e for the first Hua Hin Helps concert because it is one of the most active charities in Hua Hin, and it is constantly breaking new ground and helping new villages, which he said is both encouraging and important.
In addition to performing at Hua Hin Helps, the Lincoln Davis Trio plan to visit several Karen hill tribe villages to learn their traditional music and create a fusion record for a documentary about their journey.

Throughout the event, Hua Hin Helps will also provide snacks donated from local restaurants, drinks that can be purchased from the Grand, a display of traditional Karen hill tribe merchandise for sale, and a variety donated raffle packages, including free dinners from local restaurants, rounds of golf, spa packages, etc.
The suggested entry fee is THB 300 to 600. Guests who pay THB 600 or more will automatically be entered into the charity raffle.

Tickets for the concert will available for advanced booking through the Hua Hin Helps Coordinators, who can be reached at 0847371545 or 0822413114. Interested parties can also purchase individual or group tickets at the door on the night of the event.
“I think it’s going to be good, a big crowd and people are going to enjoy it a lot,” said Barry.