Music Makes Life Better for YES feat. Crys Matthews + Keelan Donavan + Jocelyn Faro
Wednesday May 20, 2015
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pmJammin Java
GA $15 | Premier $18 | Premier Plus $18
This event is all ages
• Full dinner and drink menu available
• The Premier Plus section is a raised area with great views and reserved seats and tables. There is a dedicated server for faster service
• Now through May 20th, we are holding a donation drive for YES.http://www.jamminjava.com/event/854305/
Now through May 20th, we are holding a donation drive for YES. The following items can be dropped off at Jammin' Java 10am - 8pm everyday:
Snacks (protein bars, fruit cups)
Gift cards to Safeway
Non-perishable microwavable foods (mac & cheese,
cup of soup)
Backpacks, duffle bags
Mens/Womens underwear, summer clothing, shoes
Travel size wet wipes
Feminine hygiene products
Bars of soap, body wash
MORE ABOUT YES:
YES (Youth Empowered Society) prevents and eliminates youth homelessness through the synergy of youth and ally partnerships.
YES's vision is for all Baltimore’s youth to easily access supportive services and stable housing to become powerful in their own lives.
Through the operation of Baltimore’s only drop-in center for homeless youth, that is safe, youth-
friendly, peer-driven, and comprehensive, YES:
●Provides urgently-needed direct services to youth experiencing homelessness through trauma-informed peer and ally support;
●Develops the leadership and employment readiness of youth who have experienced homelessness;
●Partners with youth to advocate for systems change.
On an average night at the YES Drop-In Center, 25-35 youth meet their basic needs for food, clothing, hygiene products, laundry, storage, computer and phone usage, and YES provides a dedicated and safe place to receive mail, clean up, and rest. Youth participants establish supportive relationships with Peer Case Managers, allied staff, and health and legal practitioners who support youth to set goals, create Action Plans that break their goals into discrete tasks, and make and sustain connections to long-term resources. During FY 2014 (July 2013-June 2014), YES served 213 unique youth through more than 4,000 drop-ins and contacts.
YES also provides training, leadership opportunities, and employment to youth so they can safely and effectively serve their peers and achieve meaningful, livable-wage employment after their time with YES. Currently, YES employs five formerly homeless youth. YES is a program of Fusion Partnerships, Inc. a 501(c)3 organization that serves as the fiscal sponsor and provides administrative support and financial management for more than 60 programs working for social justice.
Music Makes Life Better is an ongoing project by Jammin' Java owners, staff, and friends to give back to the community through music and service.
This concert series is part of the overall aim to raise money, awareness, and primarily volunteers for great organizations within our community. We are always looking for ways to give back, and we know you are, too. Through our partnerships with local charities we make it easy to connect with great causes and find opportunities to volunteer.
We've created the space for you to support a great local cause, listen to great live music, and learn about the ways to get involved and give back. Come on out!
Check out our blog to learn more about this project:
Equally at home in an acoustic listening room as she is on stage at large music festivals, Matthews has quickly gathered a loyal following on the east coast playing such prestigious venues as Jammin’ Java, The Hamilton and Busboys and Poets. Matthews’ festival and showcase roster has included SXSW, the 40th Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, Folk Alliance International, 30A Songwriters Festival (which she will be performing at again in January 2016), Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and many more.
When Matthews entered a talent show at Appalachian State University on a whim in 2002 with the first song she ever wrote and won first place, she never expected to one day be performing with artists she used to listen to on her iPod, such as Melissa Ferrick (Out/Loud 2009) and the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams (Folkfest St. Pete in 2010). Matthews has shared stages with Graham Nash, Chris Pureka and Liz Longley, as well as several regional artists such as Owen Danoff, Summer Osborne, and Eliot Bronson.
Matthews’ first studio album, Backroads and Driveways was produced in 2011 by Karen Kane who engineered Tracy Chapman’s first EP. After hearing Crys play at a festival, Kane immediately wanted to collaborate with her. The following year Matthews released her sophomore album A Lesson Learned and an EP entitled The Izzle Ballads. In 2014 Matthews released her fourth studio album Come What May. A departure both musically and lyrically from her earlier works, Come What May bridges the gap between contemporary folk with simple storytelling filled with candor, emotion and history. Then in August 2015, Matthews released a second EP called The Izzle Ballads, vol. II. Just as in the first installment, Matthews sings about hope, love, perseverance and justice with an ease and candor that one might expect from a southeastern North Carolina native whose mother happens to be a preacher.
A prolific lyricist and composer, Matthews has found inspiration in her surroundings; from driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the compelling and heartbreaking love story of Richard and Mildred Loving. Thoughtful, realistic and emotional, Matthews' songs speak to the voice of our generation and remind us why music indeed soothes the soul.
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