You have heard of Woodstock but may not have heard of a recent concert held right in our own backyard.
On Sept. 21, Reggae-pop phenomenon Cris Cab was the headliner for a very successful benefit concert, Woodystock, so named for the nonprofit it benefits, the Woody Foundation. More than 1,000 people gathered at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove for this free grassroots event, designed with music and art lovers in mind. This first benefit concert served as a homecoming for reggae-pop sensation Cris Cab.
Cab, who grew up in Miami and attended Christopher Columbus High School, was delighted to perform in front of family, friends and fans, along with fellow local musicians Jahfe, ArtOfficial and Lance-O of Kulcha Shok Muzik. Twenty-year-old Cab, who blends pop, reggae and soul, has been mentored by Pharrell Williams and Wyclef Jean. Cab, who has over 10 million YouTube views, performed his hits, including Good Girls.
In addition, Woodystock featured wellknown Miami artist Jona Cerwinske who painted a mural during the event and donated it to the foundation to be auctioned after the concert. An outdoor gallery also featured artwork from other local artists.
Best of all, the event surpassed its $25,000 fundraising goal with funds directed to the Woody Foundation, a nonprofit organization that strives to raise funds and awareness of spinal cord injuries.
This inaugural concert was coordinated by Woody Foundation board member Tom Cabrerizo, of CFH Group, a full-service real estate development and management company. The concert’s success came in large part through Cabrerizo’s success in attracting sponsorships from such businesses as All-Go Construction, BankUnited, City National Bank, Kramer & Associates, KW Property Management, Pacifica Companies and SunTrust Bank.
The Woody Foundation was founded by James “Woody” Beckham, who suffered a life-changing spinal cord injury while making a rugby tackle in January 2011. For more information on the Woody Foundation, visit www.woodyfoundation.org