Combining of cultures, free stages,
and professional sound...
Friday Night Live is an inspirational talent showcase series which combines various musical genres, cultures, and even languages to create a one of a kind experience that promotes both hope and education of diversity. Over the years, the artists in attendance have presented anywhere from opera to hip hop, gospel soul music, and a country/bluegrass praise song. There have been salsa grooves that brought people to their feet or poetry that caused reflection and tears. Each showcase is presented free to the public and includes professional sound and stages which present a quality of arena to perform at that most amateur performers are rarely afforded. Friday Night Live also is an excellent vehicle and platform for honing new and emerging talent before a live audience.
In 2012, Friday Night Live at the Forum II-The Peace and Togetherness Showcase of the Year Overshadowing All Violence, also included a tribute ceremony to those in the area who have lost loved ones due to violence. A short film was created depicting their stories and premiered that evening as those same families laid white roses on the stage. A free-will offering was collected and donated to the American Diabetes Association.
The Christmas Concert of Compassion Series is an innovative concept combining a desire to meet both the spiritual and material needs of the community through a concert event with admission price of a new unwrapped toy to benefit needy families. This series developed into a similar-themed event entitled "An Evening of Thanks." It is wrapped around the same construct however is held around the universal day for showing gratitude, Thanksgiving.
A Night of Inspiration & Youth Empowerment through the Artistry of Hip-Hop was held in September of 2014 at Harrisburg High School. This free-event featured The Ambassador, a founding member of the Grammy & Stellar-nominated group- The Cross Movement as well as local artists Elias Jeter and Badia. The concert from its inception was designed to counter the current violence in the community among our youth through promotion of education and positivity through inspirationally-based lyrical art forms. It also brought to light the personal side of the violence running rampant in our cities through the testimony of Tyfanny Morrow. She lost her only brother tragically in 2012.