July 10th, 2022

UMS

22nd Annual: The Underground Music Showcase 2022

Denver, CO

July 29-31, 2022

Denver’s Underground Music Showcase (UMS) features over 150 acts from all over the nation. The festival, now in its 22nd year has a number of changes. We’re spotlighting 2 of them, and the artists involved here..

Youth On Record

Youth on Record was founded in 2008 with the mission to designs and implements strengths-based, music-centered programs intended to equip young people from historically under-resourced communities with the skills needed to find success in life by advancing their academic success, increasing their economic opportunities and career skills, and strengthening their community connections and networks. This year Youth on Record took a 49% interest in UMS. As part of that they’ve brought their own signature events to UMS including:

Impact Show July 30, 2022 – New to UMS this year, the Impact Show is part of a festival-wide focus on supporting mental wellness and the prevention of substance misuse among musicians and an anticipated 10,000 festival attendees. The inaugural show will feature the Seratones, A funk-soul-rock band from Louisiana that marries spirituality, protest, Black feminism, and Afrofuturism.

Youth on Record will also have Impact Days preceding UMS on July 27 & 28, 2022 from 12-6 MST at Youth on Record.

A two-day intensive hosted by Youth on Record and open to all musicians and artists participating in the UMS, Impact Days will serve as an industry-focused kick-off for the festival. Artists, music industry and community leaders will provide skill-sharing workshops, networking, professional development, and wellness coaching opportunities to local and emerging artists. Focused on artmaking, Impact, and Economic Opportunity, Impact Days are designed to build the foundation for institutional resources that will serve musicians, artists, and the creative industries for years to come.

Dozens of industry and arts leaders will host panels, workshops and coaching sessions; industry and arts leaders will be paid for their time. During the pilot year, the event is free to all participating artists. Between sessions, participants will be invited to participate in “care” practices including yoga, access to mental health resources, sober bars, and healthy foods.

Black FretBlack Fret is a nationwide membership organization with chapters in Austin, Seattle and now Colorado. Black Fret’s goal is to create a global network of connected communities, all supporting their local music economies. And in the process of creating this network, provide opportunities for our Black Fret bands to travel between cities, playing bigger gigs and being paid for shows they would not have had the opportunity to otherwise.

Recently Black Fret Colorado announced its 2022 Black Fret Awardees. The inaugural Black Fret Awardee artists were nominated by local industry experts and founding members in Colorado. They represent a broad spectrum of musical genres and reflect the depth of Colorado’s remarkable talent. They are:

Alysia Kraft*

Bevin Luna

Big Richard

Claire Heywood

iZCALLi*

Kayla Marque*

N3ptune*

Sickly Hecks

Veronica May

Zoe Berman*

*indicates playing 2022 UMS

 

 

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May 19th, 2021

Asia Rising Together Benefit Concert by 88 Rising

May 26, 2021

7pm PST

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYgWpfBTZVk

88rising Announces Asia Rising Together: Benefit Concert in Support of AAPI Heritage Month
88rising, announces an upcoming benefit concert timed to Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM). Viewers can tune into the concert through 88rising’s Facebook, YouTube, Twitter & SiriusXM channel on May 26th at 7PM PT.

On the heels of their 2020 Asia Rising Forever benefit livestream in May 2020, which drew in 8.5M viewers and trended #1 on YouTube and Twitter, 88rising continues their longstanding commitment to amplifying Asian voices with the upcoming benefit concert. On May 26th, viewers are invited to join in an immersive cultural experience celebrating the Asian community to ultimately raise funds and awareness.

The concert will feature global participation from artists around the world including Atarashii Gakko!, Audrey Mika, Audrey Nuna, Bizzy, Guapdad 4000, eaJ (of Day6), KOAD, Luna Li, mxmtoon, NIKI, Seori, Tiger JK, yoonmirae and Guest Appearances by RZA, Dumbfoundead, Ocean Vuong, and a Special Introduction by CL. Throughout the show, the audience will witness a series of intimate performances, punctuated by moments of poetry, meditation, and a special surprise or two.

“This is a really unique livestream centered around family and culture,” says Audrey Mika, “I filmed part of my set with my mom and sister, and being able to share our Japanese roots on this platform is really special to me. I hope this shows everyone you can chase your dreams, stay true to yourself, and be proud of who you are in the process.”

In tandem with these inspired musical performances, the event will highlight artist stories and identity through a variety of programming while spotlighting AAPI businesses and organizations across industries.

88rising is working alongside Sean Kusanagi, Creative Director of Odesza’s Foreign Family Collective, to direct this piece. Kusanagi’s documentary and creative backgrounds work together to deliver powerful, personal family stories to the next generation, woven in with music and art.
“88rising is committed to using music and our platforms to elevate AAPI voices, to raise awareness for issues affecting our AAPI community, and to denounce anti-Asian hate,” shared Sean Miyashiro, the CEO and Founder of 88rising. “We are proud to bring this benefit concert along with our many other AAPI-focused initiatives to the forefront so that everyone can have a hand in making the world a more peaceful place.”

88rising thanks presenting partner Netflix and sponsor AT&T for their support.
Donations from the stream will support Asian Mental Health Collective, who creates a supportive and empathetic community; collaborates with mental health professionals and organizations; and celebrates mental health stories as Asians

The stream will also spotlight other Asian American organizations: The Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay and MAMA Los Angeles. These organizations, and many others, are working tirelessly to build community and power. The Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay (VACCEB) serves people of Asian ancestry and other vulnerable, forgotten communities in need in the Bay Area. MAMA is a multicultural restaurant platform dedicated to preserving immigrant culture through food. When many of LA’s most-loved ethnic restaurants faced closure during the pandemic, they created an event series called MAMA’s Drive-By Kitchen reimagining the take-out model to provide support, along with a meal-matching program feeding senior citizens across Los Angeles.

All donations go to Asian Mental Health Collective

Featuring:

Atarashii Gakko!

Audrey Mika

Audrey Nuna

Bizzy

EAJ

Guapdad 4000

Koad

Luna Li

Mxmtoon

Niki

Seori

Tiger JK

Yoonmirae

RZA

Dumbfounded

Ocena Vuong

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