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.
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: