Quetzal Quartet, Taikoproject, and More
September 21 @ 8:00 pm| $35 and up
NIKKEI PROGRESSIVES PRESENTS: A BENEFIT CONCERT FEATURING QUETZAL QUARTET, TAIKOPROJECT, ALOE BLACC, MAYA JUPITER and ALICE BAG.
Members of NIKKEI PROGRESSIVES, a grassroots community group based in Little Tokyo, know the hardship of being incarcerated without just cause, know the pain of families being separated, and know the suffering from being scapegoated and mistreated based on race, religion or national origin. They are joined by many people in the Japanese American community and allies from every sector of society.
Through this benefit concert, they plan to raise money to purchase 400+ backpacks with blankets, tooth brushes, soap and other necessities for migrant children being released from custody or along their long journey. Groups supported by this fundraiser are Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice, Our Lady of Soledad in Coachella and Immigrant Defenders Law Center.
“We Got Your Back … Pack: A Benefit Concert for Migrant Children” will feature
“QUETZAL QUARTET” comprised of Quetzal Flores (guitar), Martha González (lead vocals, percussion), Juan Pérez (bass) and Tylana Enomoto (violin), all members of the Grammy award-winning band, Quetzal. They will be joined by friends Alice Bag, Sandino González Flores, César Castro & Xochi Flores-Castro of Cambalache, in a mix of Mexican and Afro-Cuban rhythms, jazz, rhythm and blues and rock … a special sound called “East LA Chican@ Rock.
TAIKOPROJECT, creators of a truly American style of taiko, blending traditional forms with an innovative and fresh approach to the Japanese drum, will be the other featured act. The group has performed on Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, “The Voice,” “The X-Factor” and many other television programs. TAIKOPROJECT has performed and recorded with Stevie Wonder, Usher, Alicia Keys, A.R. Rahman, John Legend and Kanye West, to name a few.
In an unlikely collaboration, QUETZAL and TAIKOPROJECT who will take the stage together once again to create an authentically Los Angeles musical experience for what will be an unforgettable show.
Grammy-nominated artist, Aloe Blacc, will perform as will his wife, hip-hop artist and songwriter, Maya Jupiter. Both Aloe Blacc and Maya Jupiter, along with members of Quetzal co-founded Artivist Entertainment to provide support and produce events for artists who have chosen to use their work to promote social transformation.
Alice Bag is the lead singer and co-founder of the Bags, one of the first wave of punk bands to form in the mid-1970s in Los Angeles. Her first book Violence Girl, From East LA Rage to Hollywood Stage is the story of her upbringing in East Los Angeles, her eventual migration to Hollywood and the euphoria and aftermath of the first punk wave. This bilingual former elementary school teacher continues as an author, outspoken activist, feminist and a self-proclaimed troublemaker.
Sponsored by Asian American Studies Center (UCLA), Comfort Women Action for Redress and Education (CARE), Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Community Pathways to Success, InnerCity Struggle, Japanese American Bar Association, Little Tokyo Historical Society, Little Tokyo Service Center, Manzanar Committee, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development, Okaeri, Visual Communications, Vigilant Love