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Performing Artist Common to Join Other Renowned Artists, Musicians, Entertainment Executives in April at Dayton’s First Urban Arts Conference

The first Regional Academic and Cultural Collaborative, or RACC, will be held at various locations at the Dayton Convention Center April 3-4, featuring presentations, performances and a seminar.

“The event will provide an educational and artistic opportunity for urban performing artists and their supporting audiences,” said Sierra Leone, an event organizer. “RACC will allow greater Dayton to experience urban culture from an inclusive perspective that will expose participants to the internal and external workings of the entertainment industry.

“During challenging economic times, it’s essential colleges and universities work with community partners to maintain the quality of academic programming,” she added. “The Regional Academic and Cultural Collaborative is an actualization of the innovative process of convening community, college and cultural leaders to support an academic and cultural collaboration of contemporary urban music and entertainment.”

Regional Academic and Cultural Collaborative Schedule of Events

Friday, April 3
Hip-Hop Collaboration Workshop
9 am to 3:30 pm: Participating college & university campuses; schedule to be announced week of March 23
Dear Dr. Hip-Hop: Working to Heal H.E.R. Lecture (Hip-Hop in its Essence and Realest)

6 pm: Dayton Convention Center, presented by Common
Free for students of sponsoring universities with student ID, $5 for all other students, $10 for general public. Seating is limited.
The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show featuring “The Floacist” Natalie Stewart and Kevin Sandbloom
9 pm: Dayton Convention Center
$15 general admission

Saturday, April 4
The Business of Entertainment/Music Seminar: Dayton Convention Center, 11 am – 4 pm
10 – 11am: Registration
11am – 12:30pm: Workshops
12:30pm – 1:45pm: Lunch in downtown Dayton
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm: Business Card Exchange Session
2:30 – 4 pm: Panel Discussion with Industry Executives
$20 registration fee
$10 for those registering by March 27

To purchase tickets to all events and register for the Business of Entertainment/Music Seminar, call Ticket Center Stage at 937-228-3630 or go to www.ticketcenterstage.com.
More information, along with a link to Ticket Center Stage, is on www.cultureworks.org, under “Special Events.”
RACC will give aspiring recording artists and aspiring executives the opportunity to get first-hand information from well-known recording artists and speak directly with current entertainment executives. Daytonians interested in breaking into the music industry also will be able to build local networks during RACC.

The weekend kicks off from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3, when participating colleges and universities will host Hip Hop Collaboration Workshops on their individual campuses. The workshops will be open to the public, and the schedule will be announced closer to the event date.

Next up on Friday is hip hop artist, actor and poet Common, who will launch a presentation series titled “Dear Dr. Hip-Hop: Working to Heal H.E.R. (Hip-Hop in its Essence and Realest).” Common twice has won Grammy Awards, most recently in 2008 for best rap performance by a duo or group, and he’s been nominated for nine Grammys, along with numerous other awards from the likes of MTV and BET. In addition, Common has released eight albums and starred in such films as Smokin’ Aces, American Gangster and Wanted. While in Dayton, Common will appear in his role as community activist, and he’ll give a presentation about the basic elements of hip-hop and how to heal a community through music.

“This gives our community, especially young people who aspire to work in the entertainment industry, an opportunity to experience the different dynamics of Common,” Leone said. “He’s been working in the industry for 15 years.”

Common’s presentation will be held at the Dayton Convention Center at 6 p.m. Friday, April 3. Tickets are free for students who attend sponsoring colleges and universities (list at end of release) and $10 for the general public. Seating is limited; to purchase tickets, call Ticket Center Stage at 937-228-3630 or go to www.ticketcenterstage.com.

Topping off Friday’s activities, Oral Funk Poetry Productions will host the opener for its second season of “The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show,” which last year wowed audiences at sold-out performances. April’s show will feature “The Floacist” Natalie Stewart and singer Kevin Sandbloom. EL Coats and the Funk Point Band, along with jazz vocalist Shakera Jones, also will perform.

Stewart is touring for her solo album, “Freedom.” A poet and neo-soul recording artist from London with Jamaican roots, she creates music that reflects her life experiences through spoken word, R&B, and hip hop. Stewart got her start with the group Floetry, an English R&B, neo soul and hip hop duo that racked up seven Grammy nominations before disbanding in 2006. Kevin Sandbloom is an acoustic guitarist and vocalist from Los Angeles who composes original, soulful pieces. He currently is working on his fifth album, set for release this year.

“The Signature” will be held at the Dayton Convention Center at 9 p.m. Friday, April 3. Tickets are $15 and available by calling Ticket Center Stage at 937-228-3630 or go to www.ticketcenterstage.com. For more about The Signature, visit www.myspace.com/thesignatureofpp.

RACC continues on Saturday, April 4, with the Business of Entertainment/Music Seminar, which will take place at the Dayton Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration begins at 10 a.m.

The seminar will offer two workshop tracks: one for independent artists and the other for aspiring entertainment/music executives. There will be a workshop offered in the morning for both tracks, followed by a lunch break for attendees to explore downtown Dayton, followed by a business card exchange session. The seminar will end with a panel discussion with national and local entertainment executives and artists.

Workshop presenters and panelists include Melanie Massie, vice president of talent at Black Entertainment Television (BET); Charles Whitfield, founder of A&R Hidden Beach Recordings; Scott Sharp from WDHT-FM 102.9; Garth Adams from WROU-FM 92.1; Rockey Love from WMIX-FM 95.7 in Toledo, Ohio; entertainment lawyer Carl Lewis; Lee L. Croxx, A&R for Tripple Croxx Entertainment and Management; and Central State University faculty member John Logan. The day-long seminar registration fee $20 and $10 for those who register before March 27. To register, call Ticket Center Stage at 937-228-3630 or go to www.ticketcenterstage.com.

RACC was created in part to inspire young people and reach out to them through something fresh, hip and relevant: music and entertainment, Leone said. In addition, the RACC committee also sees this collaboration ― which will be an annual event ― as creating a much-needed community for the Dayton area’s urban artists.

RACC sponsors include:  Wright State University’s Bolinga Black Cultural Resource Center and Women’s Center, Central State University, Sinclair Community College Department of English, Wittenberg University, Wilberforce University, Stivers School for the Arts’ Dance Ensemble, RonDuc Designs, Southwestern Ohio Council of Higher Education (SOCHE), Trolley Stop, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and Culture Works’ African American Creative Arts Initiative.

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  2. Kim Toree says:

    This event was so hot!! it was the best I have attended since moving to Dayton…. I am not sure who these people are but kudoz to you and your team!!! It was a wonderful weekend.


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