Thursday, August 14, 2008

SKIFFLE! August 21

Now this Delridge event is exciting!  Already covered in West Seattle Blog, the News Tribune, Pearl Jam's website, Seattle Metblogs, and others on the web.  

August 21
Doors open at 6 PM
$25 suggested donation

What's a skiffle? Skiffle, an antiquated slang term for "rent party," is derived from the fringe American art form comparable to jug band music. "Skiffle" music was developed during the early 1900s in New Orleans. Here in Seattle in 2008, Skiffle means an opportunity for local artists to come together, jam out and present collaborative visual art and musical performances to raise money for Youngstown All-Access, our after school programming in partnership with Rock School, Arts Corps and the Service Board.

During the day, eight teams comprised of community members, local artists and bands will create a work of art out of a blank canvas including guitars and basses. These masterpieces will be auctioned off the same night by Arts Corps teaching artist and nationally acclaimed spoken word poet Karen Finneyfrock. The event will also feature performances from The Boogilistics, Camille Bloom & Recovery, Scribes, and very special guests Bison, featuring members from Pearl Jam, The Presidents of the United States of America, Guns N' Roses, and the Dusty 45's, as well as artists and students from Arts Corps, Rock School and the Service Board.

Funds raised from Skiffle will help cover space rental and costs of providing youth arts programs at Youngstown for the 2008-2009 school year. Classes range from Rock School's Band 101, instrument instruction, songwriting, vocals and recording, to Arts Corps "All-City" program, mentoring youth in spoken word poetry, audio recording and break dance.

Presenting agency Blank Canvas seeks to inspire self-expression and impact communities through art and collaboration, producing "Artist Throwdown" events to bring communities together to create spontaneous and collaborative paintings all in one day, in one place, in the service of charity.

Due to limited parking space, public transportation is greatly encouraged for this event! Metro 120 and 125 stop right outside of Youngstown.

For more information, contact Hollis Wong-Wear at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 206-935-2999.  

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