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Dust of Soul live at The C'mon, Sing! Festival

Spe­cial Guest at Los Ange­les Fes­ti­val host­ed by Broad­way leg­end Ben Vereen

12 June 2022

Urban Voic­es Project presents The C’mon, Sing! Fes­ti­val on June 12th, 2022, with the pur­pose to «Bridg­ing Com­mu­ni­ties Through music». The fes­ti­val had six stages on six loca­tions all around Down­town Los Ange­les. The live stream was host­ed by Broad­way leg­end Ben Vereen. 

C’mon, part­ner up with Urban Voic­es Project and Skid Row Artists on June 12th for the first ever down­town-wide musi­cal jam through pop-up musi­cal pods across neigh­bor­hood to neigh­bor­hood cul­mi­nat­ing at the inau­gur­al Lit­tle Tokyo Heal­ing Fes­ti­val.
The C’mon, Sing! Fes­ti­val takes Urban Voic­es Project’s artists, voic­es and songs beyond Skid Row to Down­town Neigh­bor­hoods so folks across the socio-eco­nom­ic spec­trum, housed and unhoused, can togeth­er ignite the heal­ing pow­er of music in all of us. Neigh­bors pass­ing by can engage in this inter­ac­tive Open Mic musi­cal jam street fes­ti­val with com­mu­ni­ty singing or songs of their choice, whether they are pro­fes­sion­al per­form­ers or expe­ri­enced show­er singers.

The C’mon Sing! Fes­ti­val was pre­sent­ed by Urban Voic­es Project and host­ed by Broad­way leg­end Ben Vereen and Skid Row fem­i­nist activist and UVP Choir mem­ber Lin­da Leigh.

Broad­way leg­end Ben Vereen

Broad­way leg­end Ben Vereen was total­ly into the live per­for­mance by Dust of Soul. Dust of Soul per­formed their orig­i­nal song «Rain­bow» togeth­er with musi­cians from the Urban Voic­es Project as well as inde­pen­dent and Skidrow artists join­ing the fes­ti­val at Hashimo­to Platza in Lit­tle Tokyo. 

Skid Row fem­i­nist activist and «Urban Voic­es Project» Choir mem­ber Lin­da Leigh streamed the entire per­for­mance. Click here to see the record­ed performance:

«She wants us to touch our hearts, touch our very soul – that she sang to us.»

— Ben Vereen about «Dust of Soul»

C’mon, Sing! by Urban Voic­es Project

Devel­oped by a par­tic­i­pant-dri­ven com­mit­tee, the C’mon Sing Fes­ti­val is the first in Los Ange­les his­to­ry to cel­e­brate the artistry and lead­er­ship of Skid Row artists across DTLA neigh­bor­hoods. Teams of Skid Row musi­cians and stake­hold­ers assem­ble var­i­ous dif­fer­ent musi­cal pods in high foot-traf­fic, pub­lic spaces, one for each neigh­bor­hood and dis­trict in down­town. Com­mu­ni­ty part­ners rep­re­sent­ing these diverse dis­tricts sup­port­ed the host­ing of each pod. With instru­ments, micro­phones and ampli­fi­ca­tion along with uplift­ing song and spir­it, these pods facil­i­tat­ed com­mu­ni­ty jams and open mic ses­sions. Each pod’s activ­i­ties reached wider audi­ences through a livestream uti­liz­ing a video­g­ra­ph­er at each pod adjoin­ing into one zoom live feed. The event con­clud­ed with all pods return­ing to a part­ner­ship between Skid Row and Lit­tle Tokyo for the finale all-pod Sin­ga­long, then kick­ing off Lit­tle Tokyo Resource Center’s Heal­ing Fes­ti­val held at the Japan­ese Amer­i­can Cul­tur­al & Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter (JACCC) through Sus­tain­able Lit­tle Tokyo.

Learn more about The C’mon, Sing! Fes­ti­val and Urban Voic­es Project:

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