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Workshop: Songwriting with Alphabet Rockers

Wednesday, 8/11/2021
1:00 - 1:45
Virtual Library
Address

Online Services
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States


Come experience the power of song writing with Alphabet Rockers. The workshop centers on the potent power of what’s possible when we let our children and young people lead us forward. Alphabet Rockers brainstorm with participants on video and in chat in a closed Zoom session, the participants can pick the topic—and the Rockers will build a song with the group’s ideas. The community closes the session, hearing the song back with beatboxing. Bring the whole family and let’s music and change together!

 

Alphabet Rockers make music that makes change. Our families need content that is healing, that reflects who we are and empowers us—that embraces Black liberation, Queer liberation, Indigenous rights, immigrant rights and intersectionality. Alphabet Rockers curates this content with the community, centering children’s voices. They amplify authentic stories and interrupt the patterns that got us here. Witness how they do this collective work—Join us in the embodiment of real change.

 

Founded by Kaitlin McGaw (she/her) and Tommy Shepherd (he/him/they), this intergenerational group creates brave spaces to shape a more equitable world through hip hop. Their GRAMMY-nominated 2018 album, Rise Shine #Woke reached 300K kids and families since its release, inspiring American kids to stand up to hate and be their brave and beautiful selves. Their second GRAMMY-nominated album The Love (2019) lifts up voices of the trans, two-spirit and gender non-conforming communities. On The Love, you hear the intergenerational sound of the Rockers, with Kali de Jesus (he/him), Lillian Ellis (she/her/hers), Maya Fleming (she/her) and Tommy Shepherd III (he/him) joining McGaw & Shepherd in anthems for change.

 

With headlining performances at Lollapalooza, The Kennedy Center, San Francisco Pride Festival, Art & Soul Festival and the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, and in over 50 schools across the country each year, diverse audiences love their contemporary sound and positive messages. They were GRAMMY nominees in 2018/2020, American Library Association’s Top Album in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and won the Parents’ Choice Award for their 5-album catalog. Alphabet Rockers appeal to a broad audience with lyrics like “I will stand up for you” and “I shine in my beautiful skin,” landing them in the top 5 songs of 2018 on Kids Place Live SiriusXM Radio. Their music, videos, concerts and curriculum are designed by an intercultural team of anti-bias thought leaders, educators, artists, parents and young people of all genders.

Connect: Alphabet Rockers - Website | Alphabet Rockers - Facebook

Alphabet Rockers - Instagram | Alphabet Rockers - Twitter

 


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This program is sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.


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