In this video, I show you clips of live performances taking place at a weekly open-mic at Luna’s Cafe and clips of Concerts in The Park, a free, reoccurring summer concert at Caesar Chavez Plaza. Two interviews play in the background by two anonymous people.
The California Endowment and over 50 statewide organizations is joining with TIDAL, a music and entertainment platform, to support a #schoolsnotprisons concert tour in California. The tour aims to call for an end to extreme spending in incarceration rather than education, health, and prevention.
The #schoolsnotprisons tour will stop at eleven locations in California,kicking off August 6th in Sacramento. From their the tour will continue to San Bernardino, Oakland, Fresno, Coachella, Oxnard, San Diego, and Stockton and include concerts inside youth and adult prisons. Performers on hand will include Ty Dolla $ign, Ceci Bastida, John Forte, Gallant, La Santa Cecilia, Kimya Dawson, Los Rakas with even more to be announced.
“Our call to action – voting – is how democratic societies peacefully resolve differences,” says said Mike De La Rocha, tour organizer and founder of Revolve Impact. “Voting also is how communities committed to safety, justice and peace join together in solidarity to make change.”
The tour’s purpose is to support peaceful activism and voting, particularly young people who have had their opportunities cut short due to overspending on punishment and incarceration. At each stop, the tour will support local advocacy campaigns that chase after alternatives to harsh punishment, immigrant and refugee detention, and youth prisons with support for the formerly incarcerated and by addressing the family and community trauma caused by incarceration.
For more information, follow the tour via this link.
On July 30th there was an event called The Takeover located at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. It is a place where the youth take over the art museum with music and art to make it their own. Many of the youth from around the Sacramento area came to enjoy the their time with other youth as they listened to music and saw art.
It’s the time of the year again when canned food drives get into high gear. Recently, The Conscious of Self and the Love Renaissance Project took a different approach to giving back by holding a canned food drive concert. Conscious of Self is a campus organization at Sacramento State University that promotes student advocacy on campus. The Love Renaissance Project is a collective of local artists, photographers,musicians, writers, and entertainers. All of the performers were local, many of them are students at Sacramento State and part of one of the two organizations.
“I chose to perform at this event because it was for a good cause.” says Steffen Hudson, a performer who goes by the stage name Edi Futur.
The event started off rocky, with many technical setbacks. That didn’t stop people from coming. Some arrived with backpacks full of cans, others only had one or two. Those who didn’t have any cans donated money so that cans could be purchased for them. It was a small and intimate performance with about fifty people in attendance.
Each performer improvised and performed a cappella. They converted their songs into spoken word pieces and even made beats by beating on the table. “We got up there and walked around that room, passing the spoken word around through all of us, it was pure energy. said Nate Tate, a performer who goes by the stage name Young Natho. “We didn’t have music to back us up. We made music. We beat on the stage, the walls, a table. We were music.”
“At the end of the day, it wasn’t about the music. It was for a larger purpose. Giving back was the goal.” said Jamie Garcia, an audience member and a Sacramento State student.
In total, 400 cans were collected and delivered to Loaves and Fishes the following Tuesday afternoon. There were no specific goals of how many cans event organizers wanted to collect but they were satisfied with the number collected. They are even hoping to put on another benefit concert in April with a larger turnout and more cans.