On May 19, Pan United Youth Movement and TunesWork will be presenting a concert to benefit Hiram Johnson High School Youth Empowerment Steel Orchestra. The Y.E.S. Orchestra is Sacramento’s first steel pan orchestra, and the benefit concert will be their first public appearance. All proceeds from ticket sales, sponsorships and donations will go to maintaining the orchestras instruments, as well as obtaining additional steel pan instruments so that the orchestra can continue to grow. Orchestra director Shawn Thwaites will be leading the high school students in many future performances including local street fairs, cultural festivals and high school events. The Y.E.S. Orchestra also hopes to play at Disneyland one day. The benefit concert will be headlined by The Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet (STRQ), a steel-drum based project that fuses Caribbean, African, American and European styles of music together with elements of jazz, hip-hop, R&B, Afrobeat, calypso and more. They will be playing songs from their album New Life. The Royal Tribe Dance Crew from Hiram Johnson High School will also be a part of the show, and they will start off the evening with an opening performance. This event starts at 7 p.m., and takes place at the Guild Theater (2828 35th St.). All ages are invited to attend. Tickets are $15 online, and $20 at the door, and are available by visiting Panunited.org.
**This write-up first appeared in print on page 12 of issue #265 (May 7 – 21, 2018)**