Free Benefit Concert for USVI Coming to St. John in May

South African electronic music maestro Hyenah

The countdown is on to an exciting, free benefit concert for the U.S. Virgin Islands from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., on May 18-19, at The St. John Bayfront at The Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis.

Intellectual Global Concepts, (IGC) Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis, RTPark, the University of The Virgin Islands (UVI) and Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer Dion Parson are presenting the “Music Is Life” benefit.

The event will feature world renowned South African electronic music maestro Hyenah, who is known for his elusive identity, top charting tracks on “Resident Advisor” and his performances at top clubs across the globe. Additionally, the event will showcase USVI’s own Cool Session Brass Band and UVI’s SHUT Down Band along with DJ Mike Swells of NYC and local fire dancers and drum circle.

Event attendees will also be able to experience the local food culture with several food vendors placed throughout the venue and an online silent auction at that will feature a fantastic selection of prizes with winners of the auction announced live at the event.

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Taxis will be available to bring guests to the venue and back for $6 each way, while boat operators will offer trips from St. Thomas to St. John throughout the entirety of the event along with late night options for transportation after the event ends.

Hyenah (photo taken in 2017)

Proceeds from the concert, merchandise sales, food, art, merchant vendor fees and sponsor donations will be used to bolster music education via the Music Education Program at the University of The Virgin Islands lead by Parson. Both the St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses were heavily impacted by the 2017 back-to-back hurricanes Irma and Maria that damaged the university and the RTPark’s 64 West Center Building, leaving a long-lasting impact on the local economy.

This event has a limited number of attendees, so music fans must register for free tickets only on Eventbrite or donate $10-50 for a variety of donation packages, including items like T-shirts and free drinks at the venue.

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Sponsors interested in collaborating with IGC on this event can contact organizers at