The city of Boston is planning to hold a concert to benefit Houston schools Saturday evening on City Hall Plaza featuring performances by the hometown group Bell Biv DeVoe and other local musicians, according to an announcement Sunday from the office of Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
The concert was the brainchild of Bell Biv DeVoe, according to Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, who is a co-sponsor of the concert.
The event has been in the works for several weeks, Forry said, after members of the band reached out to the mayor and to her. They’ve always made a point to give back to young people in the community, she said.
“In light of what we’re seeing nationally and the marches taking place,” Forry said in a phone interview. [Bell Biv DeVoe] wanted to do something for Boston, stressing the fact that we’re all in this together.”
Bell Biv DeVoe branched off from the music group New Edition and includes three original members who grew up in Roxbury
Proceeds from the concert, which begins at 7 p.m. and is free to the public, will benefit the Houston Independent School District. Attendees are asked to bring school supplies to help families and children there. Donations, such as notebooks, pencils, pens, and crayons, can be made at City Hall Plaza.
“This is going to be a great concert for the people of Boston to come together and for us to continue to show Houston that we are here to support them as they recover,” Walsh said in the statement.
“We realize the phrase ‘Boston Strong’ is not just a catchy adjective but a dutiful verb, that only through our actions and the efforts of our fellow Bostonians, will we continue to help our city remain the beacon of strength, hope and resilience for an entire nation to rely upon,” said Bell Biv DeVoe in a statement.
Other performers will be announced in the coming days.Cristela Guerra can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @CristelaGuerra.