Alinea, Alone Together, Coyotes of Topanga, Max Tomack, Moxie, Permanent Record, The Brothers Gage, and The Campbells will be rockin' childhood hunger at Lucy's Kid's Charity Concert!
The band idea started when two brothers, Levko & Lys performed with drums and guitar at their after school RockStar class while at Marquez Elementary. Back in Topanga, siblings Paria and Wiley performed at their school’s RockStar program. When both boys went back to Topanga Elementary, all 4 friends got together at another Rock Star class and included Kalyna, who sang their original song Coyotes of Topanga at the Avalon, in January 2015. All the band friends have lived or gone to school in Topanga, and have grown up watching bold coyotes frolic all over the canyon.
Interview of Laura Jellum, Food Forward by Liam F., Youth Journalist
LF: “Pay it Forward” is a global initiative that exists to make a difference by creating a huge ripple of kindness felt across the world – your non-profit Food Forward is a local initiative spreading kindness through eight counties in California… What is Food Forward?
LJ: Food Forward is an Southern California based non-profit that rescues fresh produce from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. 100% of what we collect is donated to hunger relief agencies across 8 counties in our region. Since 2009, Food Forward has recovered and donated over 30 million pounds of fresh produce and will help to feed 1.5 million people in need in 2017.
Wyatt:Vocal, Bass Guitar
How did you all connect to form the band "The Swaggers"?
Lucy: One day I was just listening to the radio, because I write songs, and I said, I just want to form a band, I want to become famous eventually with a band. Then my mom and I walked around soccer practice, just to find out to see if any players we knew, played an instrument. We found Niki the drummer and then we found Bella!
Annika: Lead Singer
How did you get the name BREAKING 27? Some of our favorite musicians like Curt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse have sadly died at the age of 27 due to making bad choices. They are all part of something now called the “27 club” We do not want to be in the club, we want to ‘break the curse” of the 27 club. So we decided on Breaking 27
Interview of Performer Max Tomack by Liam F., Youth Journalist
LF: So Max how old were you when you started playing an instrument?
MT: I was three years old when I started drumming, I then moved onto guitar around the age of five. I took lessons from a college student and then moved onto the teacher that I have now.
The Brothers Gage - Alex and Brody, both started playing harmonica when they were 5 years old. Within the next few years, they began singing, playing guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards. They performed for the first time at a local Topanga talent show in Oct. 2013. Brody was then 8 years old and played harmonica while his brother Alex was 10 who sang and played guitar while they performed the song "Wagon Wheel". They've now played at the same talent show 4 times, at charity benefits, and have played at McCabes Guitar Shop in Santa Monica for miscellaneous events and shows.
Interview of Sarah Barrie, Youth Service America by Liam F., Youth Journalist
Q. Sarah, can you please tell me about YSA, The Youth Service America – Youth Changing the World?
A. Youth Service America (YSA) is a global nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Our mission is to help all young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues. We work through four key areas to help achieve our goals: Activation, Funding, Training, and Recognition. With half of the world’s population under the age of 25, we support a global culture of engaged children and youth committed to a lifetime of meaningful service, leadership and learning.