Blacklisted Music and Arts Festival 2017 is an eclectic event where artists and musicians who would rather be blacklisted than remain silent in the face of injustice come together.
Over 20 bands will be participating in the event, as well as a DJ tent, free workshops, documentaries, inspirational talkers, world-class chefs, art and installations, a silent disco, a candlelight vigil, and much more.
This unique festival that stands up against injustice and censorship is set to take place on July 29 at the Los Angeles State Historic Park.
Headlining the event are activists and musicians Talib Kweli, Beats Antique, Moe, and Citizen Cope. Also performing are The Main Squeeze, Jungle Fire, Ethio Cali, Courtney Dowe, Soluzion, Seis Cuerdas, Trapdoor Social, TV Broken 3rd Eye Open, Porangui, Kevin Dippold, Nemanja Rebic (Nemo), Katy Mantyk, Mika Hale, Belle and many more.
“At Blacklisted, we’re dedicated to shedding a light on injustice. We want to create a future where people come before profit, where freedom is celebrated, and where crimes against humanity are not tolerated. Our eyes are on China, but our mission is universal. We’d rather be Blacklisted than remain silent.”
Here is a small taste of some of the musicians below set to perform. Brooklyn-based MC Talib Kweli is one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware, and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years:
Performance by Nemanja Rebic (Nemo) at the 2016 Guitarmasters World Championship in Wroclaw, Poland:
Courtney Dowe is a powerful combination of activism, lyricism, and soulful guitar-driven music:
The Afro/Latin funk of Jungle Fire:
Trapdoor Social = Alternative Rock and Sustainability Activism.:
The festival encourages people to get together for a greater cause. Watch these videos below to understand what the Blacklisted Music and Arts Festival is not afraid to speak up about.
Use hashtag #IAmBlacklisted to show your support.