S.L.U.M. Fest Presents Michael Brown Benefit Show This Sunday

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A scene from a previous S.L.U.M. Fest event.
This Sunday, the crew behind Saint Louis Underground Music Festival, a collective that showcases the hip-hop community in St. Louis, presents a benefit show for the late Michael Brown. The concert, hosted by Plush (3224 Locust Street; 314-535-2686), features more than a dozen local artists including Tef Poe, Thi'sl, Mario Pascal, Nato Caliph, 2014 RFT Music Award winners Doorway, and more. The all-ages, family friendly event runs from 4 to 9 p.m., and all proceeds will go to the family of Michael Brown.

"This show is designed to not only raise money for the family, but to help the city to come together in remembrance, solidarity and most of all in peace," S.L.U.M. Fest organizers say on the event's official Facebook page. "Music is a great form of therapy, and as the city of St. Louis come to terms with the lost of one of our own, we will use this event to celebrate the life of this young man."

S.L.U.M. Fest hosted its annual music festival as well as award showcases for the past five years, and this isn't the first time it has organized philanthropic efforts. S.L.U.M. Fest board member Finsta recalls a relief concert in which the group collected water and toiletries to donate directly to Haiti earthquake relief.

"We started from there, and have since kind of kept our feet to the ground," Finsta says. "If an issue affects one of us, it affects all of us."

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Official flyer art.
When asked how the S.L.U.M. Fest board went about curating the bill for the event, he replies, "A lot of these guys have been vigilant on the front line for this protesting since day one and have been out every day since. This is what most of the people on this list do on the daily, not just because it's happening. This is our way of saying thank you to the active members of the community."

This list of performers including emcees, vocalists, DJs and more will pour their heart and soul, pain and energy into individual sets throughout the evening's festivities in an effort to unite the local community through song.

"No matter who you are, where you're from or what culture you're in, music is always the common denominator to bring folks together," says S.L.U.M. Fest event director Rob Boo. "We just want everybody to come and have fellowship with each other and leave empowered with a sense that everybody did their part to help the family."

For more information on this event and others, visit the S.L.U.M. Fest website and S.L.U.M. Fest Facebook page.


Location Info

Plush

3224 Locust St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music


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49 comments
Kelli Mayahi
Kelli Mayahi

Hello I think not..... me and Mr . Wilson gonna be BBQ some meat that we didn't steal.

Christine Elizabeth
Christine Elizabeth

Bless there hearts... They have been rioting and out of school and work for so long. I can't imagine anyone has time or money to go to this. Lord have mercy.

Lynn Croxton
Lynn Croxton

NO! I'd rather watch a continuous loop of ice bucket challenge videos.

llw3dore
llw3dore

Wow - white racism hard at work here posting comments and then assure you that they are neither racist or bigoted.

Bill Hennig
Bill Hennig

I have a sock drawer that needs re-arraigned.

David Lakine
David Lakine

Excellent.....will be attending. ^^^^^^lames^^^^^ will not be attending.

Steven Torlina
Steven Torlina

They shouldn't even be having a benefit for a f ucktard

Ashley Montes
Ashley Montes

If you feel so strongly about it, then fuckin have an officer Wilson benefit show. Nobody's stopping you.

Matthew Ingmire
Matthew Ingmire

Hell No! We Won't Go! Where's the Officer Wilson benefit show???

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

and the michael brown supporters burned down a gas station.

Justin Curia
Justin Curia

from that article: "But the organizers of the Wilson effort decided to shut down the campaign because of the incredibly nasty and racist comments that were left on the site. Published reports noted some of the comments, which called Brown ”a common street thug” and African-Americans “aggressive and entitled primitive savages.” The Huffington Post pointed out that one donor, who identified himself as a Chicago police officer, offered $50 for Wilson to use toward “a lap dance to ease the mind of the negativity surrounding the incident and beyond." The comments on Brown’s page were largely much kinder in tone. This comment from Anne Marie Bryant, who gave $20, were representative: “Your son did not die in vain, he brought global awareness to a dire situation that has been going on for a long time. His name will be remembered.”

Darla Cook
Darla Cook

Beware you don't end up like Bundy's early supporters, embarrassed when it turns out it was not what you thought it was because you jumped to conclusions before all the facts were in.

Wayne Cardosi
Wayne Cardosi

Need to be raising money for the families, who lost their jobs due to the looters.

Nathan Dakken
Nathan Dakken

how about a benefit for the fallen veterans who actually contributed to society?

Tim Baylard
Tim Baylard

Why is there a benefit for a criminal?

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

I'm wondering if the looters could sell some of the TVs and hair extensions they stole?  

Jeff Craig
Jeff Craig

Heartwarming and objective I am sure.

Kathy Ballheimer Coulson
Kathy Ballheimer Coulson

but those that did do the looting looted enough to have yard sales and donate to the family of that criminal. never mind that the officer involved had medical expenses and such also and the money the looters can make from all their loot can help him and his family also!

Beth Barry
Beth Barry

What about Peace Fest in forest Park?

Andrew G Fritschle
Andrew G Fritschle

Music is a good form of therapy. But that noise they make is NOT music it's crap.

Kathy Ballheimer Coulson
Kathy Ballheimer Coulson

tell the looters to have yard sales.....i'll be damned if I contribute to that criminal !~!

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