“Not We But ONE” a Fundraiser Concert and Art Exhibit

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Project Description

NotWeButONE Fundraiser Concert and Art Exhibit, May 18, 7 to 11:30 pm at THE VEX ARTS, 5240 Alhambra Ave., LA CA 90032
NotWeButONE Concert and Art Exhibit is a Charity Event for the URBAN OPERA PROJECT (for teens at risk) to initiate funding for “Red Sneakers” which is an urban operetta based on the true life stories of teens at-risk.
This event will showcase top musicians
…. The Deborah Ashe Neo-Soul Band: Vocals by Ms. Deborah Ashe, Darrell Crooks-Guitar, John Hart-Bass, Mikael Megeed-Keyboards, Quinten Dennard-Percussion, Louis Van Taylor-Sax and Bill Bodine on Trumpet.
…. MorgAnne: International chanteuse with a spellbinding textured sound, sometimes compared to Sade, then transport the listener to Gay Paris with a vibe a la Edith Piaf. After she stirs up the heat and conjures sensuality like Grace Jones, she can burst into vocal fireworks that are similar to the great Shirley Bassey.
…The “Red Sneakers” blues-based segment will include music and singing with rhythm tap staged by the legendary Chester Whitmore.
…The “Truffles” a sound hybrid of palates, often described as soul or R&B. Their music is highly influenced by soul, R&B, Jazz, Bebop, Funk, 60′s and 70′s Psychedelic, World Music, and Pop.
La Mancha Gallery/Omar Holguin will be curating a unique labyrinth-style setting, cutting-edge art from top artists in Los Angeles including Steven Thomas Higgins, George Coombs, Nestor Rodriguez, Steven Johnstone, Fernando Lozano, Hector Pedraza, Kevin T. Williams, Gilad Koriski, Donald Frezell, Ben Rogers, D. Ashe, James, and more…
There will be an artists opening reception and Art Exhibition from 7 to 8 pm with wine and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.


Project Details

Client: The Urban Opera Project Date: 5.18.2013 Skills: Event Production, Fundraiser, Non-Profit, Curatorial, Installation

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Fundraiser Event

“Red Sneakers”  is the first musical from the Urban Opera Project. It is based on the heartbreaking, but uplifting true story of an especially vulnerable at-risk teen.  “Red Sneakers” utilizes the story-telling structure of “the blues” as a tool for self-discovery and empowerment.  It will be the product of the singing-acting-dance collaboration of 10-12 at-risk teens with coaching and mentoring by professionals in music, dance, acting and performance arts. Rhythm tap dance segments with the teen performers have been staged by tap dance and choreography legend, Chester Whitmore.

Performers, Music and Art

La Mancha Gallery was involved in all aspects of the production of this event, from branding, marketing, webdesign, social media integration, decoration, artist selection and installation.

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Live video footage from the event

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