A successful student-led concert last year to raise money for Cal Poly Pomona’s All-Steinway School Initiative has prompted an encore.
Musicians, mostly university students and alumni, will return to the stage Tuesday, May 19, for a benefit concert at the Glass House in Pomona. Perry Tollett, an alumnus and supporter of the Steinway Initiative, owns the Glass House.
“The money that we raise is going to go to the Steinway Initiative endowment,” says DeVante Carpenter, a music student and percussionist. “We want to make sure we can maintain the wonderful pianos we got.”
While last year’s show was an eclectic mix of bands, the upcoming concert has a much narrower musical theme, with students dubbing it the Urban Soul Experiment.
Carpenter, who was chosen to continue the Students for Steinway program, says soul, R&B, hip-hop, jazz and funk will be showcased.
“We wanted to lock down a theme to better market to students, organizations and community folk this time around,” he says. “We chose the theme Urban Soul Experiment for two reasons. The first is that jazz, soul, funk and hip-hop are some of the most original American art forms, and we wanted to partner with musicians from other cultural organizations on campus such as the Brother’s Movement.”
The Brother’s Movement helped organizers with ticket sales and marketing, he adds.
Another reason for selecting specific types of music is that the group is planning two more events that will be focused on rock and jazz, respectively, Carpenter says.
The mission for those involved is to “cultivate a new culture of community and philanthropy among students,” so that the giving continues to benefit the music department and its students for years to come, he says.
The performers include:
- Chris Rena’gade, a hip-hop artist and Cal Poly Pomona alumnus
- 1, a hip-hop performer and a senior
- CJ Trillo, a local artist and hip-hop performer
- Attic Empire, a band of Cal Poly Pomona students that plays a mixture of funk and rock
- Dope By Design, an alternative hip-hop band composed of students and alumni
- George Lewis, Paulina Nunez, Jamal Randall, students and members of the Kellogg Soul Ensemble
The concert will begin at 8 p.m. at the Glass House, 200 W. Second St., Pomona. Tickets are $10 pre-sale online or at the Cal Poly Pomona Music Box Office in Building 24, room 188, or $15 at the door.
Visit the event Facebook page for more information.