A Benefit for the AALV

Rockstars for Racial Justice

feat. Speech (Arrested Development) and Manas Itene (Michael Franti & Spearhead)

Showcase Lounge

All patrons attending events at the Higher Ground Ballroom and Showcase Lounge will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative PCR test from the past 72 hours, along with a matching photo ID. Proof of vaccination can be your physical vaccine card or a photo of your card. Tests must be administered by an authorized provider with your name included on the test result.

In addition to proof of vaccination or a negative test result, all attendees of events at Higher Ground will be required to wear a mask except while actively eating or drinking. If you do not have a mask we will provide you one upon entry.

$10 advance | $15 day of show

Join rockstars Grammy-Award winning Speech (of Arrested Development), world-class drummer Manas Itene (of Michael Franti and Spearhead), and humanitarian activist James Ehlers for an evening of musical performances, artist Q & A, and drumming workshops to benefit the Association of Africans Living in Vermont and Drum Daddies. Be inspired by the healing power of music, as these three soul brothers bring rhythm, joy, and harmony to the youth of Vermont. Don’t miss out on this unique and moving experience.

Manas Itene is a world renowned drummer and incredible vocalist on a mission to spread his uplifting music and message to the world. ‘One Accord’ is Manas’ second studio album. An incredible compilation of reggae, pop and world-beat that will lift your spirits. The message is simple; we must always seek beauty and unity in a world that is constantly showing hopelessness.

Manas has been onstage drumming with Michael Franti and Spearhead for 2 decades performing for audiences of all sizes from Glastonbury and Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Paradisio to BottleRock. He has spent time in the studio with some of the greats, Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship, Babatunde Olatunjii, bluegrass great and grammy-award winner Peter Rowan just to name a few. He has also shared a stage with Don Carlos, Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead and many more.

Manas is a self taught drummer and a gifted vocalist. At age 6 Manas began creating his own drum set on the streets of a small town in Nigeria with all he could find, an umbrella skin and a tin. He lived next door to a music venue and would peek through the door learning all he could from the music world and boldly asking to sit on the drum kit and practice. Manas made his way to the big stage with Nigerian reggae sensation, Mandators at just 16 years of age.
Manas lives for music and the drum kit. He is a motivated and focussed musician and continues to instil his lessons and values on the younger generations offering one-on-one mentorship and lessons. Since the release of One Accord in the summer of 2021 Manas has been taking to the road, stripping it back and spreading the joy in backyards and events centres across the US. With an epic performance followed by a drum circle for all skill levels. Manas is sharing the rhythm he plays to!

Wherever you are and whenever we see you, be ready! This is going to be epic!