FREE Concert Feat. Boulevards + Kooley High to shift narratives around Opioid Addiction
Greensboro, N.C.—Pro-social non-profit organization, Red Hot, is hosting a free concert April 20, 2019 at the Urban Survivors Union. The concert is centered on raising awareness of addiction epidemics like opioid usage. The primary goal is to shift narratives away from the criminalization of addiction to seeing addiction as a mental health issue that needs treatment and destigmatization.
Since 1990 the organization has raised awareness and money around the aids crisis and related health issues. Their attention has now shifted to the rise in opioid addiction, specifically in North Carolina. From 1999 to 2016 more than 12,000 North Carolinians died from opioid-related overdoses, and in 2017, drug overdoses in North Carolina increased faster than every other state but one. By hosting the concert at a harm reduction center, Red Hot is committed to educating others about harm reduction practices and its benefits. Their method is centered on collaborating with artists, both national and local, to create a mix of music and storytelling.
The concert features the best of North Carolina’s hip-hop MCs and producers: KooleyHigh, Nance, OC from NC, Kelly Kale, Professor X and Tony G. The latter two will perform live beat sets. To add additional flavor to mix, punk funk artist, Boulevards, will headline. Following the tradition of Red Hot’s mission, the concert’s theme is Love is the Drug. The event is open to all ages. Doors open at 3pm, show begins at 4pm.