Music is at its greatest when its energy will be harvested in direction of a higher good.
Simply ask Alex Colon, a Lancaster County native and artist who performs underneath the identify Worldwide Wednesday, who helped to arrange the Ripple Impact Give-Again Competition, taking place this Friday, Nov. 19, at Phantom Energy.
“I at all times inform folks, ‘if you need your group to assist you, you have to assist your group,’” Colon says. “That is actually simply what it’s — you may’t count on to get one thing should you do not give one thing, that’s simply how the world works. You want to faucet into the place you come from first, after which you may go right into a wider scale and do the belongings you’re alleged to.”
The live performance, which can function native heavy hitters akin 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’t 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 group and are not strangers to us,” says Marisol Santos, director of household and pupil engagement at The Combine. “It is one thing that we’re in a position to inspect and say, ‘OK, this is on the up and up, this is not simply to get their identify on the market or publicity, they actually do have a coronary heart to wish to give again to the group.’ That is the group that they grew up in and nonetheless reside in, so why not companion with them and provides again to the group? 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 large number of fundraisers, together with a portray occasion with artist Keisha Finnie and a basketball capturing problem. As a prelude to the Give-Again Competition, 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 following technology
The competition, fittingly with the phrases “give again” within the identify, is going on on the date of the Extraordinary Give, which Colon says is solely coincidental.
As soon as he realized the date, he says that the objective 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 instructed him, ‘I want I used to be as educated as you’re at 13.’ He mentioned ‘I’ll 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 mentioned, ‘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 Competition 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 trying ahead to bringing a model of the competition to Florida in December.
“For some time, I am not going to lie, I wasn’t positive concerning the transfer again, Colon says. “I consider extremely in objective 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 buddies and make certain they’re good. It is a number 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 collection of quick dwell showcases by Lancaster artists at Learn Pink Books in downtown Lancaster metropolis.
Colon additionally hopes to at some point put that 13-year-old from The Combine, and others like him, on competition lineups within the years to return.
“The explanation I even began this up is as a result of I by no means had the prospect once I was in highschool,” says Colon, a Lancaster Catholic Excessive College grad. “I’d hit folks up for festivals and reveals, and so they’d say no, or skip over my identify. So, I mentioned, ‘all proper, I am going to create a present or competition that’s my very own and I am going to carry out on it.’ Now, it is to offer again — actually — to the youthful technology. To put them on these phases excites me.”
“You understand how straightforward it’s to get distracted as a teen,” Colon says. “Like, you may go into so many various instructions, however having these children continuously be round and motivating them whereas they inspire us, that is vital.”