THANKS GIVENDS 15 benefit
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 27
@ 333 LIVE (333 S. Boylston St. LA CA 90017) 9-3am
Founded on the principle that "one of us is not as strong as all of us" Thanks Givends is an annual collective effort now in it's 15th year led by Loslito of Walk Talkin to raise money for organizations that promote art and music programs for at risk youth.
This years beneficiaries are:
Mar Vista Family Center • Peace For Kids • My Friends Place
Creative Pieces • The Open Floor Society
Mar Vista Family Center marvistafc.org
The mission of the Mar Vista Family Center (MVFC) is to provide low-income families with quality preschool education, youth enrichment, and educational tools to create positive change in their lives and in their communities. Every program adheres to the basic premise that it is critical to empower children, teens and adults to play vital and responsible roles – as decision makers, community leaders, mentors, classroom volunteers, and fundraisers.
PEACE 4 Kids www.peace4kids.org
Peace4Kids provides programs and services for foster and at-risk youth from ages 5-18, and after they transition to adulthood until age 24. Peace4Kids is truly on the front lines in addressing the needs of foster and at-risk youth in the South Los Angeles neighborhoods of Watts, Willowbrook and Compton. They are dedicated to empowering foster & at-risk youth by providing community as family. They create a strong foundation through programs focused on creative expression and life skills, allowing our kids to discover their unique voice and limitless potential for success.
CREATIVE PIECES www.creativepieces.org
Through the arts, PIECES nurtures inspired artists, helps them discover hidden talents, explore new ones and network with community leaders for potential careers, business and educational opportunities. Their belief is that each individual carries artistic talents. All one needs is the right environment, the resources and inspiration to awaken them - those are exactly the things that PIECES strives to provide.
MY FRIENDS PLACE www.myfriendsplace.org
My Friend’s Place assists and inspires homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. In collaboration with the leading social services providers and educational institutions in the region as well as over 500 volunteers, we offer a free and comprehensive continuum of care that combines emergency necessities with therapeutic, health, employment and education assistance, and creative arts services through three programmatic areas: Safe Haven Program , Transformative Education Program, Health & Well Being Program
THE OPEN FLOOR SOCIETY www.theopenfloorsociety.thefloorproductions.com/
The mission of The Open Floor Society is to engage under-served youth in the art of improvisation to encourage self-empowerment through movement, dance and music fostered by a multicultural artistic community. Through different programming, The Open Floor Society hopes to provide youth with multiple options for personal creative expression, a deeper understanding of varied cultures, increased self-confidence and an array of skills that will cross-over and enhance other parts of their education and life.
This year’s event will be held at 333 Live in Downtown LA and will feature 4 individually curated stages representing the best that LA’s underground music scene has to offer.
Representing the best of LA's underground clubs will be the Club Room
curated by Carlos “Loslito”.
Loslito is an event producer and musician based in the Los Angeles area. He is the visionary behind classic events Root Down, Descarga, More Fridays, Bounce Rock Skate, Cherry Poppin and Thanks Givends. His events were born out of identifying a void in LA culture often being credited for building a foundation for new movements. As a musician, he is the original keyboardist for The Breakestra and Black Eyed Peas and is the founder and creator of soul septet The Rebirth. He founded label Kajmere Sound and KSDmusic distribution which had a four year run giving a voice to many underground acts.
DJ sets by:
Music Man Miles - Root Down/Funky Sole
Expo - Root Down/MOM LA/Escapism
The reMitch - The Scenario
Phers One - Bridges DP Sound
Monalisa - Umoja Hi-Fi/KPL
AntiQ - The Backspin LA
Inka One - Boombox
Destroyer - Umoja Hi-fi/Strictly Social
Ervin Arana - Root Down/Soul Simple
Unieq - The Floor Improv
Soluz - Anything Fresh
Al Jackson - Soul Children/4-Mula
The Floor Improv Night (The Open Floor Society)
Fullee Love (Soup from Jurassic 5) and Burt Blackarach (Public Enemy, Root Down)
Peanut Butter Wolf (Stones Throw Records)
KG Superstar and Fullee Love (Soup from Jurassic 5)
Opening set by DJ LuMan from Break Beats & Rhymes Radio and Fakshuns/Foundations
Representing the world and latin music genres will be the Gold Room featuring the World Stage curated by DJ Gazoo
Gazoo is a dj and event producer from Los Angeles. Gazoo's natural ebullience shines at his frequent dj gigs and while acting as the de facto frontman for global bass powerhouse Subsuelo. As a dj, Gazoo has set the stage for the late, great Jimmy Castor, Fred Wesley, Shuggie Otis, Nu-Mark, Black Coffee, Gaslamp Killer, Dam Funk, Nicodemus, Toy Selectah and Nortec Collective. These opening credits reflect Gazoo's deep and varied influences; he's combined a lifelong love affair with hip-hop with an ability to spin Funk Cumbia and Global Bass. Gazoo continues to book talent for the Long Beach Funk Festival and works closely with the event production company Art Don't Sleep, which recently brought in Tony Allen and Seu Jorge. During the day, Gazoo works with My Friends Place, a shelter for homeless youth in Hollywood.
DJ Sets by:
Mando Fever - Tumbe
Dj Creepy - Bombilla
Bobby Soul - Boogaloo Assasins
Righteous Trash - Subersive
Azul - 213*, Bridges, Firecracker, Mochilla
Panamami - Bodega
Gozar - Subsuelo
DJ Valentin - Bombilla
Eric Coleman - Mochilla Firecracker
Canyon Cody - Subsuelo
Bei Ru - Musa Ler Music
BuyePongo Solo Para Ti
Photography by Farahstop
The Patio, featuring the LA Radio Stage curated by SeanO
Paving his way in the music scene since '06, Sean Osborn began as an assistant teacher at the Scratch DJ Academy in Los Angeles, where he fell under the tutelage of the late DJ Hideo. As an assistant booking agent and resident DJ for Whisky A Go Go, Sean has worked with and opened for internationally acclaimed musicians, such as Cypress Hill, Velvet Revolver, and The Temptations. Having worked with large companies, such as Vimby, Nike, and ESPN, Sean has distinguished himself from other DJ's, specializing in genres from World, Soul, Electronica, Reggae to Hip Hop. He has worked in venues from Chicago to New York, and has rocked legendary parties in Los Angeles, such as Flavors and The Do-Over. Currently, Sean produces and hosts his own weekly radio show, Soundwaves Radio on 90.7FM KPFK every Saturday morning from 2-4am, where he has welcomed and interviewed guests, like J.Rocc of the World Famous Beat Junkies, Flying Lotus and Shuggie Otis.
DJ Sets By:
Mathieu Schreyer - KCRW, Quieres Chicle
Nativity - Dank Radio/ KPFK 90.7FM
Anthony Valadez - KCRW
Mr. Choc - Beat Junkies, Skam Artist
C-Minus - Fantastik 4our, BReal.TV
Joe Kay - Soulection
Santana - TruthSeekers Radio
Seano - KPFK, Dublab
Suzanne Kraft - Dublab
Representing the underground's underground is the feel good room showcasing LA's House/Boogie/Disco/EDM
DJ Sets by:
Boo Aguirre - Dublab
Diskoe - Dropping Knowledge/dtLA
RudyC. - For Those Who Know
People Mover - Big Beat
Dam Funk - (Mini Performance)
Zernel - Grimy!
$12 advance, $15 at the door
21+| 9-3am | pay parking lots available
Fusicology • Walk Talkin • Root Down • Stones Throw • Universal Rhythm • The Floor • Funkmosphere • Boombox • KCRW • Art Don’t Sleep • Do Over • Descarga • Flavorpill Mochilla • JuJu • Uptown Top Ranking • Afro-Funke • Footlong Development • 4-mula Anything Fresh • Strictly Social • Blu Events • Beat Junkies • DP Sound • Jurassic 5 • Quintessential PR • Pitch Blend Media • Soul Children • Transit Events • Nance.Arte Project Live • Nu Soul Mag • Bodega • Soul Simple • Escapism • Fakshuns • Umoja Hi-Fi Break Beats & Rhythm Radio • The Scenario • Bridges • DP sound • Dublab • Big Beat Grimy • Dropping Knowledge • For Those Who Know • kcrw • Dank Radio • Soulection Truth seekers radio • Bombilla • Boogaloo Assassins • Subsuelo •Gazoo events • KPFK Musa ler music • 213* • Firecracker • Subversive LA • Solo Para Ti • La Junta • KPL Skam Artists • Break for Love • The Backspin la • Take over • PowerofthePeople
Presented by Amanda Leon and Walk Talkin