More Music Less Violence Event Kicks Off School Year

More Than Music announced the kickoff of a new series of artist showcases being dubbed “More Music Less Violence” taking place on September 12th at The Ground Up Café in Albany from 4 – 8 pm.

“More Music Less Violence” came into being as a pop-up event last summer in the heat of the pandemic, focusing on bringing the community together to heal through the arts. A year later, COVID restrictions are coming to an end, the Capital Region is still seeing an influx of gun violence peppering the area. Now “More Music Less Violence” is back and here to stay. 

In keeping with the spirit of a positive energetic message, the first showcase is filled with a Capital Region roster of eleven young, bright talent. Included in the lineup; Freedom Stratton, Triya Love, Alexys Rae, Jaccpot, Ricky Bandana, Tony Twix, Rell Dolo, Chaz Money, Astrx Boomin, B Lyriq, and Iveilah Dutton. More Than Music’s own CEO Mario Johnson aka DJ Hollyw8d will be debuting a special surprise as well. 

Intermittently throughout the evening, various representatives will be presenting on the issue of violence in the Capital Region. Guests can expect to hear from Councilman Owusu Anane of the Albany County 10th Ward, Albany Mayor Candidate Greg Aidala, representatives from the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area, and Jerry Ford from TEAM H.E.R.O.

There will be an assortment of other activities for those in attendance. Live painting with artist Heartless Harlot and kid friendly interactive Chalk Talk with Carrie Love, which teaches kids how to silently protest. Everyone will have access to the photo booth and will receive a raffle ticket upon admission that can be used later for merchandise.

“Due to the COVID pandemic there was no events going down, so I made an event. Music is a common factor that always brings people together and growing up in Brooklyn you saw violence every day. I don’t want to see it where I am living now.” –

Mario Johnson, CEO of More Than Music, on his inspiration for the event

Originally from Brooklyn, DJ HollyW8D energizes crowds throughout the Upstate New York Capital Region. He has always gravitated to music throughout his life and hopes to bring versatility in his music mixing wherever he goes. Drawing inspiration from many including his mother, Sean P. Diddy Combs, and DJ Puffy, HollyW8D aims to inspire others with his daily grind and optimistic energy. He has been featured in The Alt Weekly and has played music at venues such as Rivers Casino, Troy Kitchen, and Jupiter Hall. DJ HollyW8D is an influencer who curates showcases for independent artists and hosts a radio segment on WCDB 90.9 FM to highlight the arts, especially music. He believes music brings energy, joy, nostalgia, and good vibes. HollyW8D quickly learned that being a DJ It`s more than music; it is a platform to move not only bodies but also the human spirit, to change the mood of an entire room, to share the light with other artists and space with people who share a passion for music. For DJ HollyW8D It`s more than music. It`s about leaving an impression.

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