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Candemonium Music Festival & Food Drive June 23rd in Atlantic City

Updated: Jun 15

Returning for our second year as part of North to Shore, the festival only New Jersey can handle, we are embarking on our most ambitious event yet, hoping not only to raise awareness to Atlantic City's food insecurity problem by collecting donations, but by throwing an unforgettable summer jam at a venue that's paving the way towards solving the problem. Sister Jean's Pantry is spearheading the efforts to combat hunger, and we're throwing this Hip-Hop and Spoken Word party (literally) right in their backyard.

The Event

Candemonium will feature live performances by some of the most talented artists in the region. The lineup includes The Chris Rockwell Collective, Elle Vintage, NEW BR33D, Vada Maverick, Chill Smith, and DJ Flea Market. Each artist brings their unique style and energy to the stage, promising an unforgettable afternoon of music and entertainment.

The food drive aims to collect non-perishable food items and monetary donations to support Sister Jean's Kitchen and their mission to provide meals and resources to the Atlantic City community. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods, non-perishable foods, and especially ready-to-eat foods. Also, we will be serving FREE

food at the event, on a first come, first serve basis!

List of most needed items:

  1. Soup, with pop-top cans

  2. Granola bars

  3. Protein bars

  4. Jerky

  5. Pouches of tuna

  6. Juice boxes/cans

  7. Nuts

  8. Pretzels

  9. Chips

The Performers:

The Chris Rockwell Collective is a dynamic group of musicians and poets known for their thought-provoking lyrics and energetic performances. Their unique blend of Hip-Hop, spoken word, and live instrumentation is sure to captivate the audience and rock the stage. This set will feature special guest and longtime collaborator, Andre Velazquez.

Elle Vintage a spoken word poet hailing from the vibrant streets of Atlantic City, has been shaking up the poetry scene for years with her raw, honest, and impactful performances. Recently gracing the stage at the Soup Can Magazine poetry showcase at the local favorite Ventnor Coffee, Elle captivated the audience with her powerful words, weaving narratives that resonate deeply with themes of mental health and racial equality. Beyond her performances, Elle is the host of Stage Left Podcast, a platform that amplifies the voices of creatives and provides a space for open dialogue about important issues.

NEW BR33D is an emerging emcee whose music is a mix of Hip-Hop, R&B, and even pop influences, creating a sound that is both fresh and familiar. His bars hit hard and he's got the beats to match.

Vada Maverick is a versatile artist who seamlessly blends Hip-Hop, soul, and poetry into his music. His rugged vocals, captivating stage presence, and heartfelt lyrics make him a standout talent.

Chill Smith is a Hip-Hop artist and music educator, as well as a longtime supporter of Soup Can Magazine. In addition to performing at such venues as The Stone Pony, The Strand Theater, Stanhope House, House Of Independents, The Asbury, and Asbury Lanes, Chill Smith has toured the country, sharing stages with Joe Budden, Pharoahe Monch, Sugar Hill Gang, Des and The Swagmatics, Sage Francis, Kosha Dillz and Nappy Roots.

DJ Flea Market rounds out the lineup with his eclectic mix of Hip-Hop, funk, and soul. Previously joining Soup Can Magazine at our inaugural Spoken Word Poetry Jam at the St. Laurent Social Club in Asbury Park, he's a welcome addition to Candemonium. His ability to read the crowd and keep the energy high will ensure the vibes are flawless from beginning to end. @fleamarketthedj

UPDATE: Our special guest artist for the day will be none other than graffiti legend Robert "Nexus" Ortiz! We're excited to announce that one of our favorite Soup Can Magazine alumni artists will be doing a LIVE graffiti demo at Candemonium! Come see as "Nexus" Ortiz, veteran of the California graffiti scene and prominent muralist here on the east coast, paints a mural live! Follow his art on Instagram! @og_nexus_408

The North to Shore Festival featuring Soup Can Magazine's Candemonium in Atlantic City promises to be an unforgettable afternoon of music, entertainment, and community support. By attending this event, you'll not only enjoy a fantastic lineup of talented artists but also contribute to a worthy cause. So mark your calendars for June 23rd, 2024, and join us at Sister Jean's Kitchen for a day of fun, music, and giving back!

Date: Sunday, June 23rd

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Sister Jean’s Kitchen - 108 N. Pennsylvania Ave, Atlantic City, NJ

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