At 6:30 tonight, the annual benefit for Amnesty International will rock Wealthy Theatre Annex with Lazy Genius, Lipstick Jodi, Blanca Luz, The Extra Texture, KFG Poetry and more. Get details here.
A diverse crowd of regional talent will come together Friday to promote human rights in truly inclusive style.
Jamnesty, a fundraiser for Amnesty International’s Grand Rapids affiliate, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Wealthy Theatre Annex (1110 Wealthy St. SE), featuring a lineup of West Michigan entertainment ranging from pop-rock to poetry.
The free, all-ages show includes rapid-fire half hour sets from Jessica in The Rainbow, The Extra Texture, Joe Rodriguez, Lazy Genius, Lipstick Jodi, KFG Poetry and Blanca Luz. The evening’s festivities also feature art and activities by vendors Emily Chilvers Killvers, Luna Designs, Rayne Klar, Riley Scott, Viva Fair Trade and Borderless Magazine.
Samantha Andrade, who performs in the Grand Rapids area as Charlie Darling, is coordinating the event via Atmospheric Promotions. Donations to Amnesty International’s Grand Rapids affiliate are encouraged.
Lipstick Jodi singer-guitarist Karli Morehouse expects a “nice local showcase” for Jamnesty. From the band’s involvement in benefits such as Jake’s Music Festival to recent appearances across Michigan during Pride Week, the band wants to be “part of the community,” she says.
“We always try to be inclusive. Even when I write, we’re trying to pull people together. We all have something to relate about,” Morehouse said.
Amnesty International is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to defending human rights with a grass-roots membership of millions. Founded in the United Kingdom in 1961, Amnesty International’s mission is “to conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated.”
While Friday will mark the third Jamnesty event since it began in 2013, musicians from across the globe have performed to benefit Amnesty International. The organization’s global membership skyrocketed following benefit concerts in the mid-1980s with performances by the likes of U2, Bob Dylan, The Police and more.
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