Music is at its greatest when its energy could be harvested in the direction of a larger good.
Simply ask Alex Colon, a Lancaster County native and artist who performs underneath the title Worldwide Wednesday, who helped to prepare the Ripple Impact Give-Again Pageant, taking place this Friday, Nov. 19, at Phantom Energy.
“I at all times inform folks, ‘if you need your neighborhood to help you, you have to help your neighborhood,’” Colon says. “That is actually simply what it’s — you may’t count on to get one thing for those who do not give one thing, that’s simply how the world works. You must faucet into the place you come from first, after which you may go right into a wider scale and do the stuff you’re speculated to.”
The live performance, which can characteristic native heavy hitters equivalent to Thunda Khatt, Laddie Moran, Suge and others, is a collaboration with The Combine at Arbor Place, the Lancaster metropolis youth companies group. Colon will gather canned meals and nonperishable items on the live performance, which can then be utilized by The Combine for its annual Thanksgiving meal for households who can not afford their very own meals, on Monday, Nov. 22.
Colon first collaborated with The Combine through the Tru2You program, which hosts block cleanings and music-based after-school applications.
“What helps actually is that the members of Tru2You, Ripple Impact, Alex — they’re from the neighborhood and are not strangers to us,” says Marisol Santos, director of household and scholar engagement at The Combine. “It is one thing that we’re capable of check out and say, ‘OK, this is on the up and up, this is not simply to get their title on the market or publicity, they actually do have a coronary heart to wish to give again to the neighborhood.’ That is the neighborhood that they grew up in and nonetheless reside in, so why not companion with them and provides again to the neighborhood? That is what all of us wish to do.”
The Combine itself will host its personal occasion from 4 to eight p.m. on Nov. 19 that includes a mess of fundraisers, together with a portray occasion with artist Keisha Finnie and a basketball capturing problem. As a prelude to the Give-Again Pageant, Colon and some different artists will carry out at The Combine at 4 p.m. earlier than driving out to Phantom Energy.
Giving again to the subsequent era
The pageant, fittingly with the phrases “give again” within the title, is occurring on the date of the Extraordinary Give, which Colon says is only coincidental.
As soon as he realized the date, he says that the purpose turned a lot clearer. Whereas working with The Combine, Colon says he’s had been a firsthand witness to the kind of good that music can present on a teen.
“After I was at The Combine, I talked to this 13-year-old boy who produces, and he was speaking to me like he was my age, so far as data goes,” Colon says. “I advised him, ‘I want I used to be as educated as you might be at 13.’ He stated ‘I will be a producer. Whereas everybody else is out doing their factor, partying, no matter they should be doing, I will be within the studio.’ I stated, ‘You have to hold that mindset, bro.’ That is the factor I am most enthusiastic about, offering a platform for folks like that.”
The Ripple Impact Give-Again Pageant comes at a time when Colon is planting extra roots in Lancaster after a number of years dwelling in Florida. He returned on the onset of COVID-19, not sure of his plans, however now says that he’s wanting ahead to bringing a model of the pageant to Florida in December.
“For some time, I am not going to lie, I wasn’t certain in regards to the transfer again, Colon says. “I imagine extremely in goal and God’s intent, so God’s intention wasn’t only for me to return again for music and to construct up Ripple Impact, however to assist my household out, be nearer with my associates and make sure they’re good. It is loads of issues that wanted to occur to me personally and I do not remorse it in any respect.”
In 2022, Colon says he’ll even be increasing the “Ripple Impact” banner to incorporate the Ripple Lounge, a sequence of brief reside showcases by Lancaster artists at Learn Purple Books in downtown Lancaster metropolis.
Colon additionally hopes to someday put that 13-year-old from The Combine, and others like him, on pageant lineups within the years to return.
“The rationale I even began this up is as a result of I by no means had the possibility after I was in highschool,” says Colon, a Lancaster Catholic Excessive College grad. “I might hit folks up for festivals and exhibits, they usually’d say no, or skip over my title. So, I stated, ‘all proper, I am going to create a present or pageant that’s my very own and I am going to carry out on it.’ Now, it is to provide again — actually — to the youthful era. To put them on these levels excites me.”
“You understand how straightforward it’s to get distracted as a youngster,” Colon says. “Like, you may go into so many various instructions, however having these youngsters consistently be round and motivating them whereas they encourage us, that is necessary.”