Spotlight: Ryan Beye Foundation's C4 Fest - Tonight!

If you want to support a great cause that’s also fun, check out the first annual C4 Fest from the Ryan Beye Foundation in the Crossroads Arts District for tonight’s First Friday. The foundation was formed for Ryan Beye after he passed away in late 2012. Beye founded Bandwagon Merchandise, was a musician, and believed strongly in a sense of community. C4 stands for Communicate, Collaborate, Commemorate, Celebrate for the Kansas City Community.
The block party will run at Locust St from 18th to 19th St and 19th Street from Oak to Locust. It will feature several artists, musicians, charities, and local businesses.
Here’s a schedule of events:

6:00 p.m: Four murals will be unveiled on the corner of 19th and Locust:
Eeks Art, Deuce Sharbonda, David Gant, and muralist Alexander Austin.
Grants to supported charities will be made promptly at CrossroadsKC. 

5:00–11:00 p.m: Artists, nonprofits, organizations, and businesses that support the local community will have booths throughout Locust Street between 18th and 19th St. 
A commemoration wall for all to write/draw tributes to loved ones that have passed away.

5:15–12:15 a.m: Bands playing at
CrossroadsKC behind Grinder’s: St. Andrews Pipe and Drums, Ruddy Swain, La Guerre, The Pedaljets, The Calamity Cubes!, AY-MusiK.
Poets/writers from Kansas City Voices/Whispering Prairie Press reading between set changes: Jason Preu, Timothy Christopher Ryan Volpert, Melissa Sewell, & Amy Kierzek Ash. 

All day: Free Wi-Fi provided by Connecting for Good and Bandwagon Merchandise.

The Filling Station and Soho Bakery will be selling coffee and treats.
Boulevard Brewing Company will provide Zon, Pale Ale, and Unfiltered Wheat at CrossroadsKC.

Check out the
Facebook event page for more information.

--Michelle Bacon 

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