Singer-songwriter Kam Franklin has partnered up with Musik Houston and HeadCount to host the Kam Franklin and Friends virtual rally and livestream concert. The event will debut on YouTube at 7pm CST on October 27th, exactly one week before the 2020 Presidential Election.
Franklin, who sings for Houston soul band The Suffers, will curate the event, which aims to highlight the importance of voting while celebrating poetry and southern music. “Years ago, I had a vision to create and curate a music festival that served as an opportunity to launch more independent artists and more southern artists of color making original music and playing captivating live shows. I would have no limitations to the genre, and I’d work with artists looking to grow and change the world together through the power of music,” said Franklin via press release. “I feel so incredibly lucky to have talent from all over the south representing just a taste of what’s to come.”
Franklin’s creative production platform Homegirl Island will be presenting the event alongside Musik Houston. Houston-based creative agency Kollective Media will power the digital production and design for the event, which would have taken place in-person had it not been for the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In a world where most of the stages are closed, where are young artists supposed to cut their teeth? Instead of waiting for it to show up, I created my own,” said Franklin.
The event will also encourage attendees to exercise their voting rights. HeadCount will be responsible for a feature that will allow viewers to check their voting status and polling locations between sets. HeadCount partners with over a thousand concerts and festivals every year to promote voter registration and participation, and has registered nearly one million voters since 2004. The organization has registered over four hundred thousand voters for the 2020 election alone.
Franklin made frequent efforts in the past to raise awareness for the lack of opportunity for independent artists in marginalized communities, but now she’s taking matters into her own hands: “This is me being the change I want to see. Even if this event is just a one-time thing, I feel good knowing that I did it because it might just encourage the next young artist who wants to see a bit more connection, camaraderie, and themselves in their music community,” said Franklin. Kam Franklin and Friends will be free to all attendees and feature performances from artists, bands, and poets from a plethora of southern cities. The event will allocate a portion of proceeds to benefit Raices Texas and Shape Community Center.
To tune into the event, head to musikhouston.com. See below for a full list of performers.
AJ Haynes (Shreveport, LA)
Big Sam’s Funky Nation (New Orleans, LA)
D.E.M. (Galveston, TX)
Devon Gilfillian (Nashville, TN)
DJ Shante (Houston, TX)
Eph See (Northeastern University)
Elliot Franshaw (Houston, TX)
Fat Tony (Houston, TX)
Gio Chamba (Houston, TX)
Jackie Venson (Austin, TX)
Joshua Asante (Little Rock, AR)
Lisa E. Harris (Houston, TX)
Madeline Edwards (Houston, TX)
Mama Duke (Austin, TX)
Mobley (Austin, TX)
Nicole Atkins (Nashville, TN)
Peyton (Houston, TX)
Riders Against The Storm (Austin, TX)
Sanah Roy (Northeastern University)
SaxKixAve (New Orleans, LA)
Spice (Dallas, TX)
SugarJoiko (Houston, TX)
Susan Carol (Houston, TX)
The Suffers (Houston, TX)
Tiarra Girls (Austin, TX)
Uncle Tino (Houston, TX)