On April 2, Converge Media launched its new series: Mochaculture. Hosted by Shaina Shepherd — also the executive producer — the show explores the history of Black musicians while highlighting local Seattle talent along the way.
Mochaculture initially began as a live event pre-COVID-19, but it has since adapted to the current state of the world.
“I was a musician two years ago, just kind of starting to make my way into bigger clubs. I had just got to know some of the artists that I used to just listen to and be a big fan of, and we would be in our little Columbia City bubble, and I just got the idea of ‘Let’s make a show,’” Shepherd said. “There’s no reason why a venue or a booker can book these people and I can’t, you know — so why not just try it out?”
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2021 “Sharks at the Beach”
Urban Impact wants to know:Do you, or do you know someone who needs help launching their business idea or growing their “side hustle?”
Why yes, myself and/or someone I know does need help with that, you say. Well then, check out Urban Impact’s Sharks at the Beach entrepreneurship program. Note: There was an info session on the 20th — don’t worry, there’s still time to get in on this! The deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 29 at 11 p.m. Use this web form to apply or you can email the administrator, Keristian Farra, from there if you have any questions.
After this is all over, do you want to be able to see live music in Seattle?
This is the question being posed by Washington Nightlife and Music Association (WANMA), a new coalition of thirty small- and medium-sized music venues throughout Washington that since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic have been forced to cancel or postpone all events, lay off employees, and board up — perhaps for good.
There are many ways front people try to connect with their audience. For some, it could be a sunny song about tequila and the beach. For others, maybe a short skirt lures listeners. But for Shaina Shepherd, lead singer of the Seattle-based band BEARAXE, the connection is rooted in stories of resilience.