may, 2021

02may5:00 pm7:00 pmShout! Elevate! Inspire! A Benefit Concert for The Performance Project5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Springfield, Massachusetts

Event Details

Support Youth Voices, the Arts & Social Justice! Join us for this community-building event to help strengthen our foundation for the future.

SHOUT! ELEVATE! INSPIRE! — Join us for an evening of exciting music, GREAT MCS, and heartfelt celebration this Sunday, May 2nd at 5 PM EDT.

This online event will raise funds for The Performance Project’s Ubuntu Arts Community and First Generation , two model programs, working with Hampden County youth to support youth voices and leadership, the arts & social justice.

First Generation and Ubuntu are free-to-join arts-based social justice leadership programs with a wide reach, because we include the whole family, and because our youth members perform at colleges, elementary and high schools, theaters, community events, festivals, conferences and many other venues.

We SO are excited that renowned musicians are coming together to create this incredible evening of music to support youth leadership, youth voices and social justice in Western Massachusetts!

***No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you can’t make the $5 sliding scale, email us at***


Stop by our SILENT AUCTION and CHECK OUT what LOCAL ARTISTS and BUSINESSES have donated for you to bid on! YOU can SUPPORT YOUTH by eating out at your favorite FAVORITE RESTAURANT! getting a MASSAGE! a COOKING LESSON! All donated by GENEROUS COMMUNITY SPONSORS!

Keep on giving:
Can’t make it to the concert?
Individual contributions are ESSENTIAL for youth to participate in The Performance Project as members of First Generation and Ubuntu Arts Community! Monthly donations are a are EXTREMELY HELPFUL! You can donate online at:

About the performers

I-SHEA is an international performing/recording artist, self-identified global citizen, vocalist/emcee and percussionist; and an associate artist with the Performance Project. She is also a member of The Gaslight Tinkers. I-SHEA comes from the source of hip hop & the sauce of arabic records, merengue, bolero, rumba, salsa, nyabinghi and west african rhythms. The Original Jewminican: Percussionist, singer/songwriter, recording artist, dancer, theater artist, radical healing arts activist. You can find I-SHEA playing with local & regional bands: The Lost Tribe, Pamela Means and the Reparations, The Gaslight Tinkers, Taproots, Ras Denroy Morgan and the Black Eagles, Gokh bi System, and Rebirth.

Samirah Evans is known for her dynamic, soulful approach to jazz and blues, among other genres. Her style is also heavily influenced by the New Orleans sound where she was one of the city’s most in-demand singers. Evans will be accompanied by Greg Snedeker (piano) , Ronald Smith (saxophones) , Mary Ann McSweeney (bass) , Jacob Smith (drums).

StompBox Trio- Featuring Evelyn Harris on vocals, John Cabán on dobro, vocals & stompbox and David Rodriguez on wood bass, vocals & foot tambourine. StompBox Trio reaches deep into the wellspring of vintage American blues, funk, and soul, while adding some 21st Century mojo to bring folks an unforgettable hip-shaking, foot-stomping great time!

Tony Vacca – Rhythm Nomad, Tony incorporates a world of percussion music and instruments to create something all his own. As a soloist, and as leader of his World Rhythms Ensemble, Tony pushes the conventions of World Music into new territory. Twenty-one trips to West Africa have contributed to his unique approach and to his depth of knowledge regarding African and American musical traditions. His solo performances are a nearly non-stop athletic and musical spectacle.

The Gaslight Tinkers – African, Caribbean, Funk, Reggae, and Latin grooves meet traditional fiddle music. It’s the genre-bending future of the music of the past. The Gaslight Tinkers’ blend of global rhythms creates a joyously danceable sound around a core of traditional New England old time and celtic fiddle music, merging boundless positive energy with melody and song. Since its formation in 2012 the band has lit up the East Coast, the West Coast, and the Caribbean, headlining clubs, dances, and major festivals.

Noemi ‘Saafyr’ Paz (MC) is a queer, sensually empowered, spiritual, black, indo-carribean Expressive Healing Artist. She is a performer, a trained facilitator, organizer, event host, vlogger and an American Sign Language interpreter. Her skills pour into activism for multilingual justice, sexual trauma survivors, and especially, for black and brown womxn/people.

Iyawna ‘Yawna’ Burnett (MC) is a writer, performing artist, activist, and mother of two. She is also a lover of PURE HUMAN CONNECTION.


(Sunday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Springfield, Massachusetts

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