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Last year, I was invited to speak at the opening of The Jackson Street Music History Project, which promotes youth education and historic preservation of black music traditions and culture in the Central District (CD). For the opening, students were paired with artists to create four art installations celebrating jazz, funk, soul/gospel and hip hop on a vacant lot. Hundreds showed up to meet their neighbors, see the artwork and enjoy the music of Wheedle’s Groove and 206Zulu.
Organizers of last year’s event have organized The Jackson Street Park Jam for this year that I encourage everyone to check out:
1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
2010 S. Jackson Street – Blanche Lavizzo Park
(on Jackson Street between 20th and 23rd Avenues and a half block southwest of East Yesler Way and 22nd Avenue South.)
The Jam will celebrate the Jackson Street Mural Program – a series of music themed murals for Jackson Street businesses previously targeted by graffiti taggers. Independent muralists as well as Urban Artworks are working with youth from the King County Juvenile Detention Center to complete the murals. Funk/soul group Wheedle’s Groove returns, along with hip hop’s 206 Zulu Nation, DJ Seabefore, jazz musician Lance Randall and hip hop artist Amos Miller. The Jam is free and open to families and people of all ages.
The line-up includes:
1:00 PM Zulu DJs spinning funk, soul, and hip hop;
1:30 PM Lance Randall Jazz;
2:30 PM Amos Miller;
3:30 PM Wheedle’s Groove!;
5:00 PM 206 Zulu Nation Hip Hop showcase.
Support for The Jackson Street Park Jam comes from the City’s Department of Neighborhoods, the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, Pratt Fine Arts Center, 206 Zulu, Jackson Place Community Council, Jackson Street Corridor Association, Low Income Housing Institute and Field Roast Company.
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