Changeville 2017’s lineup was jam-packed with some of the most dedicated changemakers in the industry. We’re cooking up an amazing Changeville 2018 for you, but in the meantime, find out about all of our amazing musicians, comedians, film makers and artists from 2017 below!
Since his start over 20 years ago in Brooklyn, Talib Kweli has emerged as one of the most lyrically talented and socially vocal rappers of our time. Through collaborations with contemporaries such as Mos Def (Yasiin Bey), Pharell Williams and Kanye West, Kweli’s work raises questions related to many of today’s major social issues, including racism, police brutality, education and the prison-industrial complex. In 2011, Kweli founded Javotti Media, which is self-defined as “a platform for independent thinkers and doers.” Beyond his music, he is deeply engaged in causes like the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and Black Lives Matter.
Meet & Greet tickets for Big Freedia are available here.
Big Freedia is a New Orleans-based Bounce artist who uses her art to truly move people. Literally, if you’re lucky enough to catch a show of Freedia’s you won’t be able to stand still. You will dance. Freedia’s mission is to spread the culture of New Orleans to the world, and along the way, she’s changing the face of hip-hop. She has the highest viewed show ever to air on the Fuse network called Big Freedia Queen of Bounce and was featured on one of the biggest hits of 2016, Beyonce’s Formation. Click here to listen to the Changeville Podcast interview with Big Freedia to hear how she’s changing our world, one song at a time.
Amy Ray has been a force in contemporary folk music for over three decades, as a member of the platinum-selling, Grammy Award winning Indigo Girls. Since 2001, she has released five studio albums as a solo artist, including her most recent, 2014’s Goodnight Tender. She runs a label called Daemon Records, helped found a nonprofit organization called Honor The Earth, and on top of all of this, is very active as an activist involved in a wide range of social issues. Click here to listen to the Changeville Podcast interview with Amy and learn more about her activism and her music!
David Bazan is a prolific songwriter who has been releasing music for over 20 years. He formed Pedro The Lion, a now legendary indie rock/emo band that put out 4 albums and 5 EPs from 1995-2006, and since then has released six albums and multiple EPs and singles under his own name. David’s introspective songwriting is tied to organizations like To Write Love On Her Arms, and his willingness to tackle heavy, personal themes in his work has garnered him fans the world over.
If any band is a poster child for turning the power of positive thoughts and intention into reality, it’s the explosive horn-and-percussion trio Moon Hooch. The group makes use of unconventional instruments and sound-making tools and performs with what they call a “Reverse DJ” setup, in which the live sound from their instruments is passed through a computer to apply audio effects. The band is unfalteringly dedicated to environmentalism and aids the cause by playing benefit shows, participating in cleanup efforts, acting as educators for their audience and even running a food blog, Cooking In The Cave, where they share sustainable vegan recipes developed while on the road.
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Big Sam’s Funky Nation have established their presence on the forefront of the New Orleans music scene. Trombone powerhouse and band leader “Big Sam” Williams, formerly of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, has been celebrated as “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz” by the San Francisco Chronicle and the band has been touted for consistently “bringing a straight raw party” by Jambase. Big Sam is a supporter of multiple causes including education, mental health awareness and music literacy. Keep an eye out for the Changeville Podcast interview with Big Sam to learn more!
Get your dancing shoes ready because you’re going to need them for Flat Land! The dreamy melodies and funky rhythms will wisp you away to a place of self-empowerment and positivity. Troubled by the fact that children today are not offered the same music education opportunities that they were when they were young, the band founded their own nonprofit, Future Music Makers. The nonprofit provides resources for children in North Florida to explore music and discover their potential as future music makers.
Retrolux is an up and coming electropop duo from Gainesville consisting of members Anna and Maynard. Their passionate songs touch on love, both the positives and heartbreaks. The band believes in protecting animals rights through their non profit SunPups, which raises money going to local animal shelters.
A mix of soothing vocals and electronic instrumentation, alternative R&B artist, DVWEZ, brings messages of love and vulnerability to Changeville. An activist in the LGBT community as well as a supporter of the Human Rights Campaign, DVWEZ is passionate about acceptance and inclusiveness for all people. She hopes that anyone who feels underrepresented will feel connected to her music.
Matthew Fowler is the perfect storm of all the essential singer-songwriter elements. His lyrically-driven acoustic folk brings his life into the lyrics moving from relationships to growing older on the road. Through his media & booking agency he organizes community events to celebrate the differences in cultures right here in Gainesville.
Endless pools brings dreamy psychedelic rock to Changeville. Their songs are inspired by time, spirituality, life and relationships. All members of Endless Pools are committed to creating a more equal, just, and sustainable future. Through their music they hope to create change by creating awareness of long-term sustainability and work with Changeville’s sponsor We Are Neutral to offset the carbon footprint of their rehearsals and shows.
27 year old African storyteller Rayvon Rollins will make you swing and sway as he sings, raps and stretches the strings on his guitar. Empowering his listeners through his blues-rap style poetic lyrics, his creative efforts will take your imagination through leaps and bounds shooting straight over the stars. Purple Kloud allows poetry to speak of issues in our local societies and how we can help to improve homelessness both near and far.
Progressive hip hop artist, Saint Tellah, channels discussion through his music on the social cause of personal responsibility. Focusing on self improvement, he believes that in order to achieve personal growth you must take responsibility for your actions, and is passionate about sharing the life lessons he has learned and how the stories of his journey are still being written. With previous performances at the ISO, UF Dream Defenders, and for local families fundraising projects, Saint Tellah hopes to inspire others who relate to his message to claim their own individual responsibility.
Experimental electronic solo artist Analogue Ghost doesn’t use ordinary vocals to represent his sound. Taking his listeners on an out-of-this-realm journey, Marty Parks adds old cartoons, films, and news broadcasts to his music, to comment on social issues like mass incarceration of minorities, xenophobia, ubiquity of media, and the general decrease of humanistic characteristics in an increasingly automated world.
Bringing his Alabama roots to the stage, Azazus uses his funky hip hop tracks to express growing up in the gulf coast and entering into his adult life as a minority. Through his music, he dreams that all mankind can connect through song to better the community.
She is honored to rep the LA comedy scene on the chart topping compilation album “Holy Fuck. Album Comedy.” and tours the country, headlining every dark corner with a microphone. She is the co-creator & host of Picture This, the popular comedy-animation show with franchises in LA, Portland, New York & San Francisco. At the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre & The Hollywood Improv, Brandie co-hosts Lady to Lady alongside Barbara Gray & Tess Barker. Lady to Lady is also a celebrated weekly podcast on the Maximum Fun Podcast Network with over 2.5 million downloads & loyal fans around the world.
Using her comedy skills for good, Brandie produced & hosted the comedy compilation album #BurnThisElection last year, with all proceeds going to RAINN, because Donald Trump would probably hate that. In 2017 she is starting Burn This Records, with the goal of producing topical compilation albums with all proceeds going to charities in need. With her Lady to Lady co-hosts, Brandie has also raised over $6,000 for Planned Parenthood & $4,600 for the ACLU through their year end commentary tracks for Magic Mike XXL & Showgirls with their pal Rupaul Drag Race’s Katya.
As co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show and Air America Radio co-founder, Lizz Winstead has helped changed the very landscape of how people get their news.But she wasn’t just behind the scenes.
As a performer, Winstead brought her political wit to The Daily Show as a correspondent and later to the radio waves co-hosting Unfiltered, Air America Radio’s mid-morning show, where she brought on board Hip Hop legend, Chuck D and political big brain Rachel Maddow.Known as as one of the top political satirists in America, Winstead is currently touring the country, bringing her razor sharp insights to the stage selling out shows from LA to NYC.Lizz also gives back.
Her ongoing national comedy tour to benefit Planned Parenthood and NARAL has raised over 2 million dollars and was made into a documentary film, Smear Campaign just won “Best Documentary Comedy Short” at the Atlanta Documentary Film Festival.
Smear Campaign can be exclusively seen at: http://vimeo.com/ondemand/smearcampaign/72805081 Winstead’s first book, Lizz Free Or Die, Essays, was released in 2012 to incredible reviews and the paperback was released in May of 2013.
Host of “The No Good Very Bad Time” show and podcast “How Stuff Is Probably Made.”
When Amy is not being booked to perform at comedy clubs all over Florida, she is working in local homeless services and being a Super Mom.
Co-founder/Co-organizer of Orlando Indie Comedy Fest (the proceeds of which benefit mental health charities).
Kadeem is UF student, comedian, and regular performer at The Tuesday Comedy Showcase.
This up and coming UF comedian performs regularly at the Tuesday Comedy Showcase.
Changeville is hosting the Augmented Reality experience for Priya’s Mirror, the sequel to the critically acclaimed, award-winning Priya’s Shakti. The Priya series is a powerful story that champions the cause of women’s rights in India. Priya’s Mirror tells the story of real-life acid attack survivors and reflects on institutionalized gender violence.
One of the creators, Ram Devinini, will be present at the Changeville VR showcase to discuss his work.
Gaia Street Art: Virtual Reality Mural
Since Google’s 2017 announcement of its VR artist in residency program, VR art is only just beginning to take off. Taking on this new medium is Gaia, a member of the Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for art and international street muralist. Gaia will be creating his first VR art piece exclusively for Changeville. Be there to witness it live, then transport yourself into the piece by strapping on the headset.
Clouds Over Sidra
Meet Sidra. This charming 12-year-old girl will guide you through her temporary home: The Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. Zaatari is home to 130,000 Syrians fleeing violence and war, and children make up half the camp’s population. In this lyrical VR film, Sidra leads you through her daily life: Eating, sleeping, learning and playing in the vast desert city of tents. At Changeville, see for yourself the film called “powerful, immersive and deeply moving” by TechCrunch — the first-ever virtual reality film shot for the UN.
Our World in 360: Steve Johnson
Feel what it’s like to be sitting alongside a climate scientist in an Icelandic glacier, seeing the Northern Lights over Norway and much more by experiencing the 360-degree videos of environmental advocate and videographer Steve Johnson, founder of Boundless.
Francis – A VR Short Film For Social Change
Mental health issues impose an enormous burden on families and communities. Depression alone is already the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting over 350 million people. By the year 2030, it is projected to be the #1 health problem in the world. In this new Sundance Stories of Change virtual reality film “FRANCIS” we follow the true story and words of Francis Pii Kugbila, a school teacher in Ghana who was suffered a mental disorder and the negative consequences of a lack of mental health care.
Viewers are guided through Francis’s story by his first-hand account of his experience – who he was prior to his mental illness onset, what happened to him during his illness, and his experience when he recovered. The film shows that Francis, like so many who suffer from mental illness around the world, are valuable members of society who can lead full, productive lives and contribute to their families and communities if they receive mental health treatment.
The overarching goal of the film is to help move mental health out of the shadows and squarely onto the world agenda as a global health and development priority.
Art + Technology: Concrete Entaglements
Concrete Entanglements is a Virtual Reality (VR) art work created by Art + Technology students at the University of Florida under the guidance of Dr. Jack Stenner. Utilizing both sculptural and digital elements, this work was produced to metaphorically suggest ways we might think about our relationship to the world and to each other, particularly in the current political climate. Teamwork, collaboration and community are our strength in a world of complex, entangled relations.
Participants are encouraged to don the provided VR headset and symbolically participate in the collaborative effort to make the world a better place for everyone.
Panels and Side Events
Stories have the power to move people, changing opinions and inspiring actions. Join us for this panel discussing the use of storytelling for the benefit of society.
Caty Borum Chattoo, Director, Center for Media & Social Impact at American University
Ellen Schneider, Founder, Active Voice Lab
Christopher Gernon, President and CEO of Fugitives Creative
Ram Devineni, Producer and Co-writer, Priya’s Shakti and Priya’s Mirror
Jaron Jones, Ph.D., Co-Founder, Self Narrate
Many artists are passionate about social issues and work both publicly and privately to benefit causes, but how do the most effective amongst them strike a balance between activism and artistry? This panel will seek to answer that question and discuss the best practices and philosophies for being both an artist and an activist.
Lizz Winstead, Co-Creator, The Daily Show; Co-Founder, Air America Radio ; Founder, Lady Parts Justice
Jen Vito, Director, Changeville
Charlotte Kesl, Coordinator, 352Creates / Independent photographer
Hazel Levy, Organizer with National Women’s Liberation (NWL) Woman of Color Caucus (WOCC), Scientist & Artist
Margaret Tolbert, Professional Artist & Springs Advocate, Originator of AQUIFERious
Concerns about the environment are more pressing today than they ever have been. Dive deep into the issues at this panel made up of communicators, strategists and artists who make our planet’s health a top priority.
Cynthia Barnett – Award-Winning Environmental Journalist
Ryan Schleeter – Producer, Greenpeace USA
Anna Sampson – Director, We Are Neutral
Mike Wilbur – Moon Hooch
James Muschler – Moon Hooch