Coupling its signature sound with a hopeful message, Boston’s own Bell Biv DeVoe will headline a “Unity Concert” on Saturday night to support the city of Houston’s school community as it works to repair the enormous damage left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Coordinated by Mayor Martin Walsh and state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, the free concert will kick off with local talent on City Hall Plaza at 7 p.m.
Other Boston relief projects have been gathering supplies to show the city’s solidarity for Houston residents as they return to their devastated homes, and Saturday night’s concert is the latest effort in a citywide #HelpforHouston initiative.
To best help the students and families of the Houston Independent School District, concert attendees are being asked to donate new new school supplies at City Hall Plaza on Saturday.
“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 a statement. “I want to thank Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell, and Ronnie DeVoe for working tirelessly with City Hall and Senator Forry to make their vision a reality. I encourage everyone to come to City Hall Plaza on Saturday, drop off a donation for Houston if you can, and enjoy an unforgettable night of entertainment.”
The R&B trio Bell Biv DeVoe is best known for ’90s hits like “Do Me” and “Poison.” Proud of their hometown’s efforts to help Houston, BBD expressed excitement leading up to the concert. “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,” Bell Biv Devoe said in a statement.
The concert will be presented by Suffolk Construction and the City of Boston Credit Union. Additional sponsors include the city of Boston, Millennium Boston, Feldco Development, Bill Moran & Associates, and Sen. Dorcena Forry.
“Boston is proud to be the hometown of Bell Biv DeVoe and New Edition,” the senator said in a statement released by her office. “They have always represented Boston so well to the country and the world. We are so excited to have them return to Boston for an unforgettable, free performance.”