Pape Keith of 103.5 The Beat hosted his 2nd Annual People Matter Fest yesterday at Gwen Cherry Park in Liberty City. Rick Ross, Trick Daddy, City Girls, Zoey Dollaz, Billy Blue, Brianna Perry, and more graced the stage to deliver some high energy performances. This was a day full of activities for all ages. There were bounce houses, food trucks, music, and even a Junkanoo band. Vendors lined the outskirts of the park selling merchandise and city workers were there assisting patrons with signing up/renewing their voters registration cards. This community event was free to the public and included a call to action, as organizers urged the public to join in on the 24 Hour Cease Fire that lasted during the event. Miami has been home to many tragedies due to gun violence, most of which involve young children. Events like these are a great way to insert yourself into the community and start to have conversations that will lead to change.
Yesterday was a time of opportunity for everyone involved. For the bigger artist it was a chance to reconnect with their local audience. It was a chance for children who may not have had an opportunity to attend a concert, to see their favorite artist perform live. Independent and up and coming artist were given a platform to reach a new audience and also network with radio personnel and other artist. Professional athletes were also in attendance such as Udonis Haslem and Bryant Mckinnie as they led their football and basketball tournaments.
Definitely some stand out performances yesterday. The audience were elated to see the City Girls a they performed several tracks from their debut project “Period”. Trick Daddy hit the stage and performed all of his timeless hits as Udonis Haslem was spotted in the background rapping along verbatim. Slip N Slide newcomer Mike Smiff joined Trick Daddy on stage as they had a dancing contest (check IG for the video lol). Sam Sneak set the mood as Rick Ross touched the stage performing his notable hits and sharing some words of wisdom. He reminded the audience of when he use to wash cars on 183rd St and 27th Ave and how he came back and tried to purchase the entire block. Talk about motivation!
Though the heat was intense, the event was definitely worth it! Cant wait for next year! Shoutout to Papa Keith and his team, all of the sponsors, volunteers, Miami Dade Police Department, 103.5 The Beat and all of the individuals involved that made it happen.
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