LA Music Festival Buried by Chinatown Censorship Resurfaces Downtown @THE REEF “The Show Must Go On”
Nick Janicki, Producer: +1 (480) 382-3105
Anastasia Lin, Emcee: +1 (416) 953-3659
Kate Vereshaka, Artistic Director: +1 (845) 800-0958
LA Chinatown’s Business Improvement District quashed the festival’s longstanding agreement with the Park, falsely labeling it “anti-China”, and assuming full authority to control the rightful and legal acts of US citizens in a publicly owned space.
The festival is scheduled for July 29 and will feature an eclectic lineup of music acts, including moe., Citizen Cope, Beats Antique, Talib Kweli, The Main Squeeze, Ethio Cali, and Jungle Fire; an outdoor market with over fifty environmentally sensitive, sustainable and green vendors; top chefs at the nexus of cuisine and culture; art, performance, and installations; meditation retreats, and Qigong and Yoga workshops.
“Our eyes are on China but our mission is universal,” said festival emcee, human rights activist and Miss World Canada, Anastasia Lin. “We’re using our festival to shine light into the darkness, to inspire compassion, and to unite brave artists who speak the truth. The fact that we, ourselves, are now being censored on US soil shows how important this festival is.”
Although the situation poses serious ethical and legal questions for the State of California and Chinatown BID, Blacklisted organizers will not be pressing the matter.
“Our whole purpose is to break the silence on injustice and censorship,” said organizer, Nick Janicki. “What happened with Chinatown BID has done precisely that, so now people can see it clearly and make a choice for themselves.”
In true Woodstock spirit, festival organizers quickly found an alternative location—Magic Box @ The Reef—an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind event venue in Downtown LA, recent host to Entertainment Weekly’s Popfest.
“I am extremely grateful to THE REEF management for upholding justice and welcoming our event,” said Janicki. “We’ve worked with producers of major festivals and spent almost a year to get this off the ground. It will be an incredible day out, it’s for an incredible cause, and the show must go on.”
The all day concert and conscious raising gathering will be hosted in partnership with the International Coalition to End Organ Pillaging in China, with all proceeds dedicated to bringing further awareness to the cause through the medium of the arts, including large scale festivals, music albums, documentaries, and exhibits.
Festival organizers include Producer, Nick Janicki—an Arizona-based conscious entrepreneur—and Artistic Director, Kate Vereshaka—artist, singer/songwriter, and Amnesty International “Woman of Conscience”. The beguiling New York based Kate, who performs under the stage name Belle, will perform her heart wrenching original ‘Lambs to Slaughter’ with her band. The haunting lyrics serve as a backdrop for her indefatigable passion for speaking out in melody. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO8flKzy3_o
Channeling the spirit of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we beg the question. “Where do we go from here?” Answer. Be Courageous, and come out in droves to the “Blacklisted” Music + Arts Festival, July 29, 2017.
Though the troubling issues are variegated, the producers of Blacklisted Festival are unwavering in their stance to break the silence. Indifferent to the ramifications they have taken a stand against apathy while intolerable infractions are perpetrated against the citizenry of China and beyond.
The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is broadening their oppressive scope with dissidents, students and an incalculable number of innocents are being targeted by a totalitarian regime driven by a powerful elite that marches in lockstep with multi-national corporations and special interests co-dependent on commerce with China.