Benefit Concert for Y.E.S. Orchestra

19th May 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Guild Theater
2828 35th Street Sacramento
CA 95817 United States
Forrest Reed
(916) 997-6288

Come join us for the Benefit Concert for the Y.E.S. Orchestra at the Guild Theatre on Saturday May 19th at 7:00 PM. The concert presented by TunesWork and is General Admission with doors opening at 6:30 PM. The Shawn Thwaits Rebel Quartet will be headlining the show playing songs off their album NEW LIFE. The Youth Empowerment Steel Orchestra from Hiram Johnson High School will be making their first public appearance. The Royal Tribe Dance Crew will be opening the evening. All net proceeds and sponsorship donations will go to maintaining and adding additional steel pan instruments, thus allowing us to grow the Y.E.S. Orchestra. Tickets are $20 at the door.

The Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet (STRQ) was born out of an exploratory effort to fuse intricate masterpieces of Caribbean, African, American, and European composers. With the steel drum at the helm, STRQ is undoubtedly the world’s most eclectic ensemble. As a steel drum musician, Thwaites’ vision was to compile a cadre of talented musicians in a manner that would authentically present the steel drum and its deeply rooted history, while simultaneously pushing the instrument and culture to uncharted territories. Bringing together elements of jazz, rhythm and blues, hip hop, afro-beat, and calypso, STRQ pushes the limits of innovation, while remaining loyal to authentic world sounds.

Hiram Johnson High School students particpate in the Y.E.S. Orchestra this year through the ASSETS after school program under the direction of Shawn Thwaites. As Sacramento’s first steel pan drum orchestra, they will be playing at local cultural festivals, street fairs, and high school events in the future. They have a goal of one day playing at Disneyland. Royal Tribe Dance Crew is also part of Hiram Johnson’s Assests program.