A Coffee Concert for a Cause
Los Angeles charity concert brings down the house at Lot 1 Cafe
Who knew that one cup of coffee and a guitar could have such a massive impact on an entire village? Creating enough social awareness to clean up the polluted rivers in Ethiopia is an uphill battle, but that was the mission that Marley Coffee and Conquer Entertainment set out to achieve with their
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Thanks to the help of sustainably grown Marley Coffee, Boxed Water, and Conquer Entertainment – a lifestyle marketing company for independent artists – the free charity concert was held at Lot 1 Café in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles on November 6, 2017. Proceeds from Conquer Entertainment and Marley Coffee’s charity concert went towards the Water Wise Coffee Project to implement sustainable and natural solutions that minimize pollution in Ethiopian water sources. Event sponsors also raffled tickets for a chance to win Motives Cosmetics palettes, beanies, gift packages, and bags of the delicious Marley Coffee’s Buffalo Soldier dark roast and Mystic Morning breakfast blend.
The venue itself was very inviting and gave off a great vibe, welcoming patrons with samples of coffee and Lot 1’s extensive menu of craft beer and pub food. With the help of Conquer Entertainment this quite Echo Park café was transformed into a lavish lounge of music, energy, and passion. DJ Thergood put everyone in the mood to groove by laying down some of the best classic hip-hop and R&B tunes. When he wasn’t satisfying Lot 1 patrons with the throwbacks jams they craved, DJ Thergood was busy being the event’s charismatic host. Throughout the entire event, there was never a dull moment with DJ Thergood in the mix.
Starting off the night was a soulful performance from a singer and songwriter by the name of Craig Paddock. Born and raised in America’s most musically historical city, New Orleans, Louisiana, this new comer to the LA music scene has a lot to offer. Serenading the crowd was easy for this talented musician, who could give John Mayer a run for his money.
The second performance of the evening hard-hitting Allison Mixology. Her name itself gives you an idea of how hard this girl can go, while her lyrics of love and loss create the perfect concoction for success in music mixology. Coming all the way out here from New York showed not only in her bad ass attitude but also in her music. Rock music has been a staple in the New York hardcore scene forever and her energy shows all that adolescent attitude that every rock and roller goes through when living in the big city. Allison brought down the house with when she played a cover of “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morrisette, getting every person in the building to sing along.
DreadFro blew everyone away with his acoustic guitar licks. Without even speaking a single lyric, his performance conjured an epic story that could rival that of Odysseus. The emotion that ran through this gentlemen’s guitar strings could have made Jimmy Hendrick himself raise from the grave and kiss the sky. Known as Dreadfro during his solo, acoustic performances, this musician is also a part of the well-known Los Angeles band, Negro Galacticus.
Smiling Beth put on quite a show for the crowd, playing a dark set, hitting their instruments with such passion that they almost knocked the audience – and each other – on the floor. These two ladies left it all on stage when they took out their turbulent hearts for all to see and stomped it out on stage just like they stomped out their keyboard.
The next person to grace the stage was Angie Kings, a Los Angeles born singer and songwriter with the voice of an angel. She gave us a soulful performance that emulated the great Erykah Badu, one of her many influences that got her to where she is today. As she performed and jammed with studio mates, she developed more of her own unique style and was able to evolve as an unstoppable one-woman-show to be reckoned with.
Shiragirl dominated the following performance with not only a powerful sound, but an even more powerful stage presence. With an attitude that screams punk rock, a confident voice that most pop stars would envy, and clever lyrics that cut deep, Shiragirl’s performance got this sleepy, little café on their toes while she rocked out the crowd.
The final band, Turbulent Hearts, gave one of the most emotional performances of the night. Her cute and corky vibe took the audience by storm in between songs, but once she started to perform, it felt as if she brought the entire audience with her on a journey.
Only when the stars are perfectly aligned in Los Angeles is there a show where every single performance is a knockout. The stars certainly came out to shine when Tim Armstrong, sing of the legendary punk band Rancid, made an appearance to show his support. The combination of talented musicians, the atmosphere of Lot 1, the dancing of coffee and music lovers who came from all over the LA area – and of course, Conquer Entertainment and Marley Coffee – the Water Wise Project charity concert was a night of nonstop entertainment, enjoyment, and enlightenment.
For more information of the Water Wise Project, visit their website here. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the 6-part mini-documentary series about cleaning up the rivers of Ethiopia, better ways to improve the environment, and the journey for the perfect cup of coffee.