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PAA All-Stars to perform at Public Square July 1

The Progressive Arts Alliance All-Stars will be on the mic and on the turntables mixing things up at the 2010 Star-Spangled Spectacularshow, on Thursday, July 1 at Cleveland’s Public Square.

This free public program has become an Independence Day celebration staple, featuring the Cleveland Orchestra and a fireworks show, but this year the show will also highlight the talents of regional youth, including the five All-Star performers from PAA’s annual RHAPSODY Hip-Hop Summer Arts Camp.

The primary sponsor for this year’s show is Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC), which was created by the voters of Cuyahoga County in 2006 to provide public funding arts programs all over the county.

PAA, the orchestra, and all of the other groups performing at the Star-Spangled Spectacular are recipients of CAC funding this year.

“We were very excited to be able to sponsor the Spectacular this year,” said CAC Executive Director Karen Grahl-Mills.“We thought this would be an excellent opportunity to share the spotlight with some of the talented youth performers that we help fund.It was hard to narrow the selection to just four, because there are so many wonderful performance groups, but we feel the lineup really represents a great variety of the great young people we’re helping to support.” The pre-concert youth performances begin at 5:00 p.m. and the PAA All-Stars will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. to present original songs, dance, and turntable routines, as a demonstration of how the dynamic artistic expressions of hip-hop culture can be a positive, uplifting outlet for people of all ages. Continue reading

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