Watson, Kruger Bros. to perform Haiti benefit show Feb. 12
Ever since the first news of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, destroying more than 200,000 buildings and killing more than 170,000, many Americans have sought ways to send relief to the nation.
The Kruger Brothers trio and legendary musician Doc Watson will be making a special appearance on the stage of the Stone Center for the Performing Arts in North Wilkesboro on Friday, Feb. 12, to perform a benefit concert. All of the proceeds will go towards the Wilkes-Alleghany chapter of the American Red Cross (ARC) to be used in the Haiti relief efforts.
Joel Landsberg, bassist for The Kruger Brothers, said that "after the initial event, we were wondering what there is we could do to help. We figured we're musicians and what we can do is make music."
The band contacted Watson, who "was all for it," and approached Ann Graves, executive director of the Wilkes-Alleghany ARC chapter.
Graves, who also worked with The Kruger Brothers on a benefit concert in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, said that "the Krugers and Doc Watson are great draws" in this area and thinks the concert will be "a really great way for everyone to get together and have a good time" while helping a good cause.
She said that she gets "phone calls every day discussing what the issues are down in Haiti, and the Red Cross people from Haiti are off-and-on these calls. I don't think anyone here can imagine how devastating that situation down there is. When they talk about infrastructure, there just is none. We'll be able to put together a little bit of money and hopefully it will help these people recover."
The Kruger Brothers consist of Landsberg and brothers Jens Kruger on banjo and Uwe Kruger on guitar. The Krugers, both from Switzerland, met Landsberg when he moved to Europe in 1989. They formed the current trio in 1995.
Landsberg described their work as "new acoustic music" and said they "don't try to be too complicated - we like to play music that people can sit back and enjoy listening to. "
The 86-year-old Watson, an eight-time Grammy Award winner, will also perform at the benefit concert, both on his own and with The Kruger Brothers.
Landsberg said it is "always such an honor to share a stage with Doc ... to be able to make music with someone of that caliber."
Admission is free to the concert. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. All donations made will go toward the American Red Cross to aid the relief efforts in Haiti.
For more information, call the Wilkes-Alleghany Chapter of the American Red Cross at (336) 838-4563. For more information on The Kruger Brothers, click to http://www.krugerbrothers.com. For more information on Watson, click to http://www.folkloreproductions.com/DocWatson.html.