Gregory Isaacs tribute concert to aid rehabilitation home

January 24, 2017
Gregory Isaacs

The Gregory Isaacs Foundation is gearing up to host their first fundraising event.

Set for Sunday, February 12, the concert, titled 'Red Rose for Gregory', is expected to pull huge crowds as organisers are hoping to raise enough funds to donate to Patricia House, a home that prides itself on assisting persons who have drug-related issues.

Speaking on behalf of the foundation, Talisa Taylor told THE STAR that it was important for the foundation to assist the home as the late Isaacs himself battled drug problems throughout his life.

"His wife June spoke openly about Gregory's problems where drugs were concerned," she said. "The foundation felt that given his struggles with this problem, it was our point of duty to give back to rehabilitation homes, and that is the focus of this event."

Patricia House is a residential facility for Jamaican nationals or non-nationals who have lived in the country for more than five years. They focus on individuals with substance-abuse problems, offering them therapeutic ways to deal with their problems. They provide detoxification and rehabilitation for drug abusers who cannot afford the private-sector services, as well as psychosocial training and retraining, mental health training and education.

The concert is to be held at the Constant Spring Golf Club in St Andrew and will feature a stellar line-up, including American group Atlantic Starr. Christopher Martin, Gem Myers, Karen Smith, Patricia Edwards, Robert Minott, Yvad, Ikaya, D'Major, Kaydeno, and Steven 'Cat' Coore of Third World are among the local acts expected to perform.

General tickets are $3,000 pre-sold and $3,500 at the gate. VIP passes are $5,000 pre-sold and $6,000 at the gate. The concert is expected to get under way at 7 p.m.

Gregory Isaacs was known as the 'Cool Ruler', and was responsible for countless hits, including Night Nurse, Love is Overdue, Soon Forward and All I Have is Love. Isaacs passed away in 2010 from cancer. He was 60 years old.

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