As California cuts funding for education, after school programs are some of the first on the chopping block. These programs keep at-risk children off the streets by providing a safe environment to improve after school learning. On Friday, June 12th The Long Beach Party Project in conjunction with local charity BLAST (Better Learning After School Today) and Music Saves will hold the “After School Fashion & Music Benefit” located at The Shore Ultra Lounge (6200 e. 2ndStreet, Long Beach, Ca 90803). Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Long Beach BLAST program and Music Saves Lives

The event will be a blend of high fashion meets local culture with a small twist… live bands provide the music, silhouetted in the background, while the models walk the runway. Typically a DJ would spin in this case, but we wanted to incorporate the live band feel and connection they make with the audience which should result in something cool and something new!

The show will consist of three runs and each run will be 10-15 minutes, while the band lays an ambient track in the background. As the last model is leaving the runway the shear curtain dividing the band and crowd will be lifted and they will crescendo straight into the rest of their set. In addition to the three supporting bands, DJ Omar (KROQ) will be providing music before, after, and in between for everyone to dance the night away. As of now we have several boutiques and labels like Buffalo Exchange, Crooks & Castles, Creative Recreation, No Regrets, and other local designers that have expressed interest in helping us create our “After School Fashion Show”.

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Shea Newkirk

Executive Editor, Long Beach Independent

Shea has been involved in the Long Beach music scene since 2003 helping to promote unsigned, independent bands and musicians through various media including photos, video, event production, and marketing. Founder of and Folk Revival Festival as well as a musician with over 15 years experience, Shea has a great ear for finding the best independent music coming out of the local Long Beach music scene.

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