International, Grammy-award winning, singing superstars, R Kelly and Ne-Yo will perform at one of the biggest shows in Trinidad for 2013, The Red Light concert series.
The event is schedule to take place November 2 at Hasley Crawford Stadium from 8pm. A first of many concerts for Collin Abraham and Chase Parsons, the men responsible for producing such an event. Despite Ne-Yo having had disagreements in the past with Rowe Entertainment, R Kelly’s tour promoter, Abraham says both artistes are professionals and more concerned about the music and their fans and the show will go on.
The Red Light concert will also feature Trinidadian artistes, Machel Montano and Asylum Vikings with Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons.
Abraham is the CEO and founder of Pollen Nations and P2 Productions which was formed earlier this year with the sole purpose to produce live concert events in the Caribbean.
He said, “This is a collaborative venture between Chase Parsons and myself. This is the first time we are working together on such an event of this magnitude. We met this year through mutual friends who introduced us, we hit it off, we had some ideas we both shared and we thought it best to act on those ideas hence P2 Productions was formed.”
No stranger to planning events, Abraham has had the distinct privilege of spearheading a number of major events including the 2008 and 2013 Inauguration of US President Barack Obama, the wedding of Hip Hop royalty Jay-Z and Beyoncé, the 40th birthday party of supermodel Naomi Campbell and the annual LIME Carnival fete held at Hyatt Regency Trinidad to name a few.
He said, “The message I want to send with this concert series is to show people that we really want to do something that everyone can enjoy because we are seeing a niche in an area where the population is being underserved – and we want to try and fill that void with top quality, live production. Whether it be a concert with R&B acts; reggae concert or a comedy show with Kevin Hart or Cedric the Entertainer; all of that will come under the Red Light concert series.”
“We just want to create top, quality entertainment where you could bring your wife or husband and come out in a safe, sexy, secure, fun, adult environment,” he added.
Originally from Trincity, Abraham now resides in New Jersey in the United States but frequently goes back and forth between the land of his birth and the place he now calls home. Thrilled with the opportunity to provide top-notch entertainment for people to enjoy, Abraham wanted to take it a step further and combine great music, good food, great atmosphere and recycling.
The Red Light concert series is being done under P2 Productions and is a combination of Parsons and Pollen Nations. It is a live music production company with over 36 years combined experience in stage, design and artist management.
Abraham noted that one of the key foundations of P2 Productions is “Sustainable event management”. This operation, also known as “event greening”, is the process used to produce an event with particular concern for environmental, economic and social issues. Sustainability in event management incorporates socially and environmentally responsible decision making into the planning, organization and implementation of, and participation in, an event.
“We all know about green-house gases and the fact of the matter is this - mankind is slowly killing the planet. With this event, we try and get our vendors to use ‘green materials’, re-useable stuff. We will be also having a recycling event on the night. We don’t want empty plastic bottles lying around so if you collect let’s say 10 empty plastic bottles and you carry it back to our recycling area you get two bottles of water. This is something we really want people to be conscious of and be a little more responsible when it comes to disposing their garbage,” he said.
“I have kids and I would like to leave this planet in a little better place for them. If we could all do our part and really help this place called Trinidad and Tobago we will all be better off,” he added.
Abraham admitted that initially they thought about having Alicia Keys for their first concert series however it did not come off as planned due to technical difficulties. He said that he has not ruled it out and may try to book Keys in the future.
Without giving too much away with the upcoming events within the Red Light concert series, Abraham said, “We are already planning our next concert for 2014.”
He noted that they were currently in talks with several artistes but also said the Red Light concert series covered more than just music.
Any plans to do the concert outside of Trinidad?
“Yes. Maybe next year, 2014 we are right now talking with several other countries to have a tour to the respective islands. Seeing how we started in Trinidad, we might then go Barbados next, Grenada, St Lucia, Jamaica and touch as many islands in the Caribbean that will have us,” he said.
Patrons can go to their website www.redlightconcertseries.com to purchase their tickets for any of the following sections: Blue Diamond, Red Diamond, Black Diamond and Ultra Sexy Pink Diamond.
Abraham says tickets will soon be available at all Francis Fashions and Shoe Locker outlets.