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PeaceArt and The Big Bloom

The Big Bloom took place on April 20, 2018 and was PeaceArt’s spring concert. It was the group’s second show since PeaceArt’s inception on July 4th, 2017. Tony Valdivia, president, co-host and artist from Long Beach, kicked off the night with co-host and writer Rayleane “Ray” Martinez.

Together, they exclaimed to the 80 or so attendees in audience,

“Thank you! We wouldn’t be here or throwing down The Big Bloom without you!”

The evening’s music lineup included the likes of popular bands that hail from all over Los Angeles county: Bad Abstract, Earl Grey, Amoeba Boys and a solo performance by Brandi Alexander.

Alexander is an artist first, but she also plays a crucial role in the strategy of PeaceArt’s influence. As the team’s networker, venue booker and logistics manager, she comes with a plethora of invaluable connections and friendships with artists and venues throughout Los Angeles; something she’s accrued from her 20 years’ in the music industry.

“PeaceArt’s mission is all about inspiring local artists and musicians to do what they want, by promoting other local artists and musicians doin’ it,” said Valdivia,

before he introduced Alexander, who opened the night with a performance that rocked the spirits of all attendees,

“and that mission doesn’t exclude business owners and community members who support this effort. Shoutout to Northside!”

The crowd cheered.

Northside Vinyl, a coffee shop and vinyl record store located off the main drag in Northside Long Beach, was the location of The Big Bloom, and folks from all over Los Angeles and parts of Southern California filled the venue to capacity.

Even one birthday boy from Corona (which is a 1.5 hour drive east of Long Beach… with good traffic) came out to celebrate his 20th with PeaceArt at The Big Bloom.

As of April 25th, PeaceArt has a 29.3 thousand Instagram following, which, according to the platform’s analytics, is popular among folks ages 18-34 and who reside all over Southern California.

“That kind of dedication is invaluable and we give it right back,” said Elizabeth Pilar Ayala, PeaceArt Vice President.

The night beamed with laughter, dance and ecstatic conversation over vegan chorizo tacos prepared by business owner extraordinaire, Leo Sandoval, of Aguas Way in Long Beach.

Aguas Way has been a sponsor of PeaceArt in the past, providing the entire restaurant as the location of the group’s first show, PeaceArt Open Mic Night, which took place on December 23, 2017.

The free beer was provided by PeaceArt.

The artistic experience also went beyond that which occurred on stage and the dance floor, engrossing patrons chilling in the Northside Vinyl parking lot and courtyard in pin stamping with Tristian Crux from Crux Worldwide.

“I make art of hybrid characters who I love from cartoons,” said Crux as he points to a Mister Poopy Sparkle pin made of metal and enamel, “Mister Poopy Sparkle is a character from Rick and Morty who was only really in one episode, but people love him.”

Laughter and love, peace and, yep you bet, art, consumed the evening and ricocheted like prismatic light does, from every half empty Pabst Blue Ribbon beer can onto the smiles of every laughing attendee.

“This was truly a night to remember,” said Valdivia, “but we’re just getting started.”

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