This year’s lineup is jam-packed with some of the most dedicated changemakers in the industry
Talib Kweli & Big Sam’s Funky Nation at Bo Diddley Plaza on March 2 is free and open to the public. (VIP Front row tickets are available for purchase) Every other show requires a ticket to attend.
A Changeville Multi-Venue Pass is the best value and gets you access into every show, plus all comedy performances, films, and VR installations!
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Just announced! Meet & Greet tickets for Big Freedia are available here.
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.