From Mike Kohn
Come out for a night of music with Social Media Club-DC when Annie Stela comes to town to perform on Thursday, October 28! She’ll be doing a one-night performance at Busboys and Poets at 5th and K St. NW at 9 pm. You’ll have the opportunity to hear some of Annie’s work and get a chance to win a signed copy of her CDs.
There is a $5 suggested donation (less than a lot of phone apps!), which will go to support education for HIV-affected youth in Rwanda as part of a Citizen Effect project. You can purchase tickets online.
The Annie Stela Story
After a childhood spent writing poems and songs in quiet suburban Michigan, Annie Stela moved to Los Angeles at the age of 22. She got a hard-core case of mono and some serious culture shock but, once she recovered, she was signed to Capitol Records. She recorded her debut full-length record, Fool, with producer Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crow, Shelby Lynne) and, after fear over her label’s stability, released it independently on iTunes in early 2008.
Influenced by artists like Billy Joel, Ben Folds Five, and Tori Amos, Fool chronicles Annie’s journey from Michigan to LA and, as such, from childhood to adulthood. After touring with artists like Joseph Arthur, Ron Sexsmith, and Bright Eyes, she later released Little House and Hard City.
The Citizen Effect: Education in Rwanda
The majority of youth in the Kirehe and Kayonza districts of Eastern Province, Rwanda live in extreme poverty and are not able to enjoy their right to an education. The most vulnerable youth are those that are HIV-affected, a large portion of whom are orphans. They have the greatest chance of not receiving secondary schooling or proper HIV treatment.
The FACE AIDS 2010 Back to School Campaign aims to raise funds to send HIV-affected Rwandan youth to secondary school. The Back to School Campaign has the potential to help up to 656 students. By joining the campaign, you are standing in solidarity with HIV-affected students in Rwanda, ensuring that they can enjoy the same right to an education as you do.
A special thanks to Busboys and Poets, the official venue of the Social Media Club Breakfast-DC.