Arts & Entertainment

Leading local musicians come together for Haiti benefit show

What: Help Haiti benefit concert

When: 1-6 p.m. Jan. 24

Where: Chiawana High School auditorium in Pasco

Cost: Free but donations welcome

If there is a disaster somewhere on the planet, you can be sure musician Frank Eng of Kennewick will find a way to help.

Eng's latest philanthropic venture is a musical afternoon featuring many of the Tri-Cities' favorite entertainers.

The Help Haiti benefit concert is from 1 to 6 p.m. Jan. 24 in the new, state-of-the-art auditorium at Chiawana High School, 8125 W. Argent Road in Pasco. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.

The musical feast includes the classic rock sounds of Pirates of the Columbia, Chase Thompson and The Reach, pianoman Steve Haberman, jazz singer Mary Lou Gnoza, guitarist Dave Gitlen, the spiritual songs of the Word of Faith Choir, the Latin sounds of Eddie Manzanares and Cafe Blanco, Monte Ingersoll and musical members of his Living Room Church, The Dara Quinn Project, the steeldrum band Bram Brata and Eng and his wife Debi will perform jazz.

The reason Eng organizes benefit concerts for the victims of disasters is simple, he said. "I can't go to Haiti because I'd just be in the way. So I try to find some way I can help and that's by sending money to the Red Cross through music."

He adds that the best part of organizing a benefit concert is that none of the musicians he asks to take part say no to him, he said.

"There's a lot of work involved in organizing these events but it's worth every moment, and the musicians in this town are extremely generous with their talent when it comes to a benefit show," Eng said. "There no admission fee to this concert, it's all by donation and people will get to spend a terrific afternoon listening to some fabulous music."

Besides being a musician, Eng also owns Allied Music Services, which provides musical instruments for events around the Northwest.

Eng's also organized several other musical benefit concerts during the past several years.

"We were able to raise about $5,000 or $6,000 for the victims of Katrina, and we raised $4,000 for the World Trade Center disaster," he said.

"And we hope to raise about $10,000 for the victims of Haiti's earthquake."

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