The artist showcase on June 26 will feature local artists from all over the Captial Region. Performances include the likes of Emaculit, Precedence, spoken word artist The Young Optimist, GianLife, Ahzie, Mikayla Mclean, Quaudy Rouse, and Symone Noelle.
More Music Less Violence started as a pop-up event in the summer of 2020 by Mario Johnson (also known as DJ HollyW8D), and has since been established as a permanent organization with influence throughout the Captial Region. The organization hopes to provide spaces for creative freedom and healing to bring in a new era of musicians.
Due to the COVID pandemic, there was no events going down, so I made an event. Music is a common factor that always brings people together and growing up in Brooklyn you saw violence every day. I don’t want to see it where I am living now.– Mario Johnson, CEO of More Than Music LLC
In addition to the live music at the event, audiences will also hear from Team H.E.R.O.E.S.’s Jerry Ford. Team H.E.R.O.E.S. (Helping Everyone Recognize Opportunities) helps communities empower young people and families with their long-term strategies and multiple programs.
The audience will also get a chance to see art as it is created. BOGRAN LLC will host a live painting, and Saratoga’s C.R.E.A.T.E Community Studios will be overseeing the making of a vibrant and collaborative community banner.
A photo booth and raffle drawings are also open to everyone in attendance. Donations will be accepted and encouraged as the More Music Less Violence team wishes to expand its outreach in an effort to stop the spread of community violence.
Tickets to the More Music Less Violence Showcase are $20 at the door, or the fee for the event live-stream can be purchased for $5.