- Posted August 27, 2014 by
Kem Gives Benefit Concert For Detroit's Homeless
Kem presents Mack and Third concern for homeless ...
Hundreds gathered on Sunday at the riverfront grounds behind the main post office in downtown Detroit – a newly renovated park sponsored by the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy for the fourth annual Kem presents Mack and Third benefit concert for homeless individuals in Detroit. The $5.00 general admission event included featured performances by GRAMMY® Award nominee and Billboard Music Award winner Kem, and special guest headliner, the mighty O’Jays. Opening acts included local talent from Detroit as well as up-and-comers from DC.
It was a pleasant summer day that spilled well into the evening hours. Kem fans could not have asked for better weather than the fault-less weather conditions God provided on Sunday 24 August 2014. It was a history-making event for Kem as the new concert site was where the singer pulled himself out of the utter chaos of addiction and homelessness two decades ago.
As with any event, there were some highs and there were some lows. The highs were the awesome performances - though shorter than I had hoped - by Kem and the performance by the always-entertaining OJays. The camaraderie amongst the enormous crowd of concertgoers was priceless.
The lows were the excessive bass that over shadowed the opening acts, and that chairs were not made available for the homeless individuals for whom this event was to benefit. Let us explore that a bit. ..
I do not wish to shed negative light on such an awesome event; however, in order to achieve the intended goals, improvement must be made when improvement is warranted. There were plenty of empty chairs that were folded up and put to the side, because they were not needed in the $50 seating area, its seating capacity had been met. However, when my niece, sister, and I continued to inquire with several people – mainly security - attached to the event, we were met with oppression. The pact answer given was, “Those people paid $50 for the chairs.” In essence, - as we pointed out - they did not. They paid $50 to sit in a blocked off area closer to the stage, we were trying to allow the unused chairs to be placed in the area immediately behind the premium section where a few (homeless) individuals were forced to stand after they were made to hand over the chairs they had gotten from another area in the park. We offered our new six buddies alternating use of our lawn chairs and other items should they get too tired to stand - considering a couple of them were on the other side of young - we pretty much had worked it out amongst ourselves. So we thought. ..
Until some people who had managed to bogard their way toward the front decided to complain - before the show started - that they were unable to see, the six moved to the side; that was not good enough for the bogarders, so the small group was instructed to move elsewhere. Of course those claiming to have had an obstructed view quickly squeezed their seats into the spots the group of six had scored long before the bogarders had even made it through the gates.
My issue, same/similar to that of my niece, sister, and a hand full of others, there was no valid reason that they could not spared 6 of the (roughly 100 or more) extra unoccupied chairs with those individuals that the event was being held to assist. Moreover, I am certain Kem was not aware that seats had not been provided for the homeless and had he known, the situation would have been immediately resolved. However, going forward I do hope this issue - seating for the homeless - will be one of the top priorities addressed prior to Showtime. Overall, the event was AWESOME.
KEM's fourth full-length album Promise to Love [Motown Records] became available on August 25th, it shot to number one on the iTunes Top R&B Albums Chart and the Amazon R&B Soul Chart. Furthermore, the record soared to the Top 10 of the iTunes Top 200 and Amazon's Top Albums Chart. The newly released cd, “Promise To Love” is available everywhere.