If you were at the 3rd Annual Concert for Haiti at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Saturday night, you couldn’t help noticing that the venue was full of youthful exuberance — and I don’t mean just young in spirit. The multi-generational audience was filled to capacity, and the under-18 set was in full attendance, on stage and off.
They were working the concessions — selling baked goods, and soliciting donations for Haitian charities — performing, cheering on their friends and celebrating ongoing fundraising victories for the non-profit foundation Edeyo, which raises money for a school in the earthquake- ravaged and chronically-impoverished Haitian capital of Port Au Prince.
Once again, members of the Passing Notes — Montclair High School’s glee club — opened the musical program, delighting the packed house with a diverse selection of songs, ranging from Frankie Valli and The 4 Seasons’ 1967 chart topper, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” to the 2004 hit “Float On” (see video above) by indie rock band Modest Mouse.
Later in the evening, performers from another Montclair musical youth institution, Jazz House Kids, kept the good vibe going with tunes including the crowd pleaser “On the Sunny Side of the Street.”
Towards the end of the evening, event organizer and Master of Ceremonies Cindy Stagoff acknowledged Glenfield Middle School students and teachers, and other area youth for their hard work in raising continued funds and awareness for the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.