Thursday, March 1 at 7:30pm
Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089
ARTIVISTAS: A Concert Inspiring Resistance, Empowerment, and Social Change
A Visions and Voices Signature Event
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, January 30, at 9 a.m.
USC Students, Staff, and Faculty: RSVP
USC Alumni: RSVP
General Public: RSVP
Join us for an unforgettable evening of music and art by women artivistas (artist/activists) whose work focuses on resistance, empowerment, equality, and social justice. The evening will feature an exciting mix of musical styles, including R&B, hip hop, soul, Latin, punk, alternative, and world music, by an incredible group of talented musicians mostly from Los Angeles. The impressive lineup includes iconic punk rocker Alice Bag, future-soul godmother Georgia Anne Muldrow, GRAMMY®-winning Chicana singer/songwriter Martha Gonzalez (of Quetzal), hip hop gangsta goddess Medusa, hip hop artivist Maya Jupiter, award-winning Pinay poet Faith Santilla, and cultural space-maker Alison De La Cruz. These visionaries will come together on the Bovard stage, building community through their extraordinary music and art. The evening will also include memorable song collaborations that will be performed live for the first time.
About the Artivistas:
Alice Bag was the lead singer of The Bags, one of the first punk bands to form in L.A. in the 1970s. Her memoir, Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, is required reading in gender studies and music classes across the nation. (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
Alison De La Cruz is a theatre artist, facilitator, producer, and cultural space maker. Her solo shows include Sungka, Naturally Graceful, and L.A. Malong Malong. (Angry Asian Man profile, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
Martha Gonzalez is a singer and percussionist for the East L.A. band Quetzal. She also holds a PhD in feminism. (KSPC interview)
Maya Jupiter is a Mexican-Turkish-Australian-American hip hop artist, radio personality, and co-founder of Artivist Entertainment. (Facebook, Instagram, KCET Artbound performance, Twitter)
Medusa, who has been called “the Angela Davis of hip hop,” has been a key figure in L.A.’s hip hop scene for more than two decades. (Official website, Facebook, LA Weekly feature, Twitter, YouTube)
Mos Def said of Georgia Anne Muldrow, “She’s incredible . . . She’s like religion . . . I’ve never heard a human being sing like this.” (Bandcamp, Facebook, NPR features, Twitter)
Faith Santilla is a Pinay organizer and poet born and raised in L.A. She is a mother of two and has worked in the labor movement for over 15 years. (Facebook, Twitter)
Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative in partnership with Artivist Entertainment, an independent entertainment company founded by Maya Jupiter, Aloe Blacc, Quetzal Flores, Alberto Lopez, and Veronica Gonzalez and dedicated to representing artists whose art and music inspire positive social change. Co-sponsored by El Centro Chicano.
Photo (Maya Jupiter): Theo Jemison