Daria Dzurik's Dispatch From St. Lucia

Thanks to the support of Positive Vibrations Foundation, I had the remarkable opportunity to travel to St. Lucia to perform with the Laborie Steel Pan Project as they competed to remain reigning champions of Panorama during this year’s Carnival season. Actual footage of me after getting the green light For those unfamiliar with Panorama (no, it’s not the music festival going on in NYC …this one is far cooler), its a steelband competition in which bands from different regions of the country play challenging music in the style of soca and calypso. The bands are not only comprised of steel pan players, but also musicians who play in the 'Engine Room'--a small percussion group within the band th

Tank and the Bangas turn up at Upturn Arts

WGNO News With A Twist What happens when the hottest new group to come out of New Orleans decides to stop home for a few days of giving back? Good times and beautiful sounds ensue! The Positive Vibrations Foundation made it possible for a group of kids to enjoy and experience Tank and the Bangas. Full segment >

Master Class with Tank and the Bangas at Upturn Arts 2017

Tank and the Bangas and these young artists created beautiful music together during our Master Artist Series at Upturn Arts. Each week during Upturn Arts summer camp, we sponsor a different musician or band to lead a Master Class as part of the music education program. Upturn Arts is a fun and creative program that teaches children in the New Orleans community to explore and build confidence in themselves as artists. They believe in providing arts enrichment opportunities for all children, and never turn students away due to financial restraints. Upturn Arts provides after school and day-long summer and holiday programming at their main site, NOLA Spaces, opening their doors to all childre

Thank You from Upturn Arts #10k10days (video)

Upturn Arts wants to say the biggest THANK YOU to every who supported our #10Kin10Days campaign because we raised $18,006! This will be matched by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust to total a whopping $36,012!! Your donations will continue to provide #ArtsForAll this yet to children in the New Orleans community!!

Positive Vibes with Daria & The Laborie Steel Pan Project

We are proud to have sponsored Daria Dzurik (Daria & The Hip Drops) on her journey to compete and perform with The Laborie Steel Pan Project at St Lucia Panorama 2017. Here's a few snapshots from her trip. The Laborie Steel Pan Project is an initiative of Labowi Promotions, which started in November 2006 with the support of the Cultural Development Foundation and the Poverty Reduction Fund. Since then, the Project has been able to achieve much, and more than 80 children and young adults have been trained and given the opportunity to perform. Learn more laborie.org Check out her full journey on instagram @positivevibrationsfoundation

Positive Vibes with Daria from St Lucia Panorama

We're stoked to announce that Daria Dzurik of Daria & The Hip Drops will be taking over our instagram account this week, July 10-18! We're sponsoring her trip to participate in St. Lucia Panorama 2017 where she will compete and perform with the 2016 Champions, The Laborie Steel Pan Project. The Laborie Steel Pan Project is an initiative of Labowi Promotions, which started in November 2006 with the support of the Cultural Development Foundation and the Poverty Reduction Fund. Since then, the Project has been able to achieve much, and more than 80 children and young adults have been trained and given the opportunity to perform.The first appearance of the Laborie Pan Project took place in Febru

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