The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre
Thursday 24 March 2022, 7.00 pm
Doors open at 6.30 pm
Suitable for 18 + years
*Booking fees apply
Live audience members can enjoy a complimentary drink on arrival.
Opnsrc.co and Blacktown Arts present connect, the live broadcast. In a time where distance and isolation is the norm and hopes of connection is abundant.
Enjoy an intimate live storytelling and performance experience and connect with our flourishing local creative community. Hear our stories and feel our energy, created by us, for you in an area we all call home.
Join opnsrc.co and friends on Thursday 24 March for an evening of live music, storytelling and performance to mark this unique moment in time. Or, if you prefer, enjoy the live broadcast of the event from the comfort of your couch.
Featuring: Jonah Hammond, Ian Esky Escandor, Jessica Jade, Lee Monro, SPVRROW and MC Naz.
Jonah Hammond – live from Sydney, but made in Bidwill, Mount Druitt.
In 2019 Jonah played his soulful tunes all over the city, at warehouse parties, clubs, pubs and even family festivals. This all accumulated to his own sold out show, without ever releasing a song. Jonah brings funk, soul and raw honesty to his art, which can only be seen live.
Ian Esky Escandor
Esky’s passions lie in crossing creative boundaries to unite communities and inspire youth. Through his music and stand-up comedy, he shares stories about the marginalisation, resilience, and joy of growing up with migrant parents in Mt. Druitt, NSW. Esky has also collaborated with notable artists from throughout Greater Sydney including the Capital Zee, ONEFOUR, MC Trey, 6POUND, Clarissa Mei, Spvrrow, Astro High, Korky Buchek, and many more. Esky curates youth programs at the Street University and works alongside other organizations and community groups on an ongoing basis.
At just 20 years old, Jessica Jade has spent almost a third of her life in the spotlight. Making her television debut as an X-Factor contestant at 14, the south-western Sydney artist began reaching more global ears by uploading viral R&B covers online. Jade has worked with producers including Lee Major (Jay Z, Rick Ross) and DJ Sefru (Lazy J, Kennyon Brown), whilst earning praise from Complex, FBi Radio, Tone Deaf and more. In the immediate future, she’s seeking to explore even more sonic avenues. ‘I’ve done a lot of R&B and pop in the past, now I’m just trying to make whatever feels right’, she says.
With a career spanning close to 2 decades, Monro burst onto the hip hop scene under the elusive moniker Figgkidd. Touted by critics as Australia’s version of Eminem, Monro went against the odds to prove that the similarities between Em and Figgkidd were few and far between and that what his artistry stood for, was originality and a style replicated by none! Since reinventing himself in 2012, dropping Figgkidd for Lee Monro, and shedding the alter-ego, a raw version of talent and wordplay ensued, creating an artist that is completely engaging and thought provoking through rhyme.
Nazawow Ncube (Naz) is a multidisciplinary entertainer from Western Sydney. Growing up alongside his close friends developed his passion for telling stories and entertainment whilst inspiring change. ‘WithNaz’ was created, a homegrown entertainment platform which served as an outlet for Naz to express his passions whilst fulfilling his need to help build. With accolades spanning across 2 years and multiple seasons, Naz had grown and built a creative community eager to get involved in any project. Now Naz looks to lead his community in creating safe spaces for guests to be able to share their story to speak and inspire.
Appearing through Sydney’s music scene at the tender age of 17, SPVRROW has been deeply inspired by her spiritual journey, soaking in the vocal flavour of musicians such as Floetry and Odd Future along her own musical endeavours.
SPVRROW released her debut single ‘Drug Dealer’ in 2019, setting summer to a lovely start, gaining overwhelming support and gaining airplay from the likes of Triple J and FBi Radio.