Classic Rock Artists to Provide Island Concert to Support Katrina Victims

CHRISTIANSTED, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ — Several St. Croix business owners, spearheaded by Peter Locke, owner of St. Croix’s Chenay Bay Beach Resort, have organized a unique and exciting benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina victims. The concert, KatFest, will be held on Chenay Bay’s beautiful horseshoe shaped 1000-ft. beach on Saturday, September 24, beginning at 1pm.

The concert, with a Classic Rock theme, will be headlined by a number of ’60s and ’70s music industry group and solo performers including Dennis Yost and The Classics Four, Badfinger, The Bay City Rollers, John Ford Coley, Henry Gross, Henry Paul of the Outlaws, and Brian O’Connor, as well as Jonathan Edwards, who resides in St. Croix. All of the artists have donated their time and talent. Airfare to bring the artists to St. Croix has been sponsored by certain members of the island business community, as well as the USVI Department of Tourism. Chenay Bay Beach Resort is donating accommodations and meals for the artists’ stay. Artists’ travel arrangements are by Travel Desk of St. Croix.

“St. Croix was devastated, itself, by a series of five hurricanes from 1989-1999 including Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and Marilyn in 1995,” stated Mr. Locke. “We know what devastation is like and we want to support our neighbors in need along the Gulf Coast,” he added.

Jonathan Cohen, owner of JKC Communications, which operates five local AM and FM radio stations including Mongoose 104.9, a Classic Rock station and Sunny 99.5, an Adult Contemporary station, is donating extensive radio promotion for the event. According to Mr. Cohen, “These performers are icons of Classic Rock. We appreciate the donation of their valuable time and talent to this effort and we expect a huge crowd on the beach at Chenay Bay this Saturday. There has never been a Classic Rock beachfront concert of this magnitude, that we know of, anywhere in the Caribbean.” JKC previously has helped raise over $60,000 in Katrina Relief funds through radio fund-raising efforts at its five stations.

Internet, marketing and PR support is being provided by, the island’s leading destination website.

The KatFest Beach Concert admission is $25 at the gate. Children under 15 are free. Gates open 12 Noon. Concert starts at 1pm. No coolers please. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Net proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to various authorized Katrina relief agencies. Individual and corporate donations are welcome and accepted and may be mailed to: Kevin Rames, Esquire, Katrina Relief Escrow Account, 6 Company Street, Suite #3, Christiansted, St. Croix, VI 00820.

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