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Artists unite to fight crime with music
ROCKFORD – Tickets are on sale for “More Music Less Crime,” a December 12 concert to benefit the Youth Against Violence Organization Drum and Drill Corps, a group of high school students who are turning to music as an antidote to lives of crime.
Billed as “Five Hours of Phenomenal Entertainment,” the show at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center features acclaimed R&B singer-songwriter Harvey Scales, best known as the author of “Disco Lady,” the first platinum-selling single in U.S. history.
The lineup for “More Music Less Crime” includes TMG recording artist Joe Irving, Jannie Nelson and Ron Holm of Trinadora, Lou Rios of Big Daddy Woo Woo, Harlan Jefferson and Dorothy Paige-Turner. The YAVO drum corps also will take the stage for the music extravaganza, scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Mendelssohn Hall, 406 N. Main St., in downtown Rockford.
“This project grew from the desire of musicians based in Rockford to find a way to address the violence and crime that are degrading the place we call home,” said Irving, one of the lead organizers. “We’re excited to bring a performer of Harvey’s caliber to Rockford and hope music lovers come to hear all of this great talent and support an important cause.”
Scales, whose other songwriting credits include “Love-itis” and “Once Is Not Enough,” recorded for Chess Records in the 1960s and Casablanca Records in the 1970s. Based in Milwaukee, he continues to record and perform across the country
Admission is $10 with all proceeds after expenses going to YAVO. Tickets are available at the door or online atwww.mendelssohnpac.org/box-office/.
Teresa Jordan, bus driver for Rockford Public Schools, established YAVO as an outlet for high school students to express themselves and avoid exposure to violent crime. Mendelssohn PAC is donating use of its concert hall, and State Senator Steve Stadelman is helping organize and promote the event.
“I commend Joe, the Mendelssohn leadership and all of the performers for wanting to help make our community a better and safer place to live,” Stadelman said. “They know that music has the power to change lives, and I know that small groups of committed individuals have the power to accomplish big things.”
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