The festival has become one of the most anticipated grassroots cultural events in the area. At last year's festival, over 150 Skid Row artists performed or displayed their artwork to enthusiastic audiences. Many, such as Franc's Melting Pot, Unkal Bean, Gary Brown, and the Nu-Bluez Ologist, will be back, and Crushow The Last Dragon will perform a song dedicated to our MC KevinMichael Key, who died this summer. A select number of artists from outside Skid Row, including Street Symphony, Raspin Stuwart, and the Brasil Brasil Cultural Center's Capoeira group, will perform and lead workshops as well.
Festival attendees are invited to participate in the workshops and creativity stations and to give their input for Skid Row Now & 2040, a community plan in response to the Department of City Planning community plan for Skid Row. There will be creative stations for writing and painting, a guided meditation and sitting yoga workshop, and poet Jen Hofer will write letters and poems on demand.