ULUV 2013

Sure, there are a lot of festivals this summer, but don't get burned out just yet. ULUV 2013 needs your support. The festival, which will go down on October 26 on two indoor stages at 111 Minna Gallery and one outdoor stage right outside on the 100 block of Minna Street, will feature Sila, Non Stop Bhangra, Bayonics, and Naked Soul, among others.

Why do I think you should support ULUV? Because it's not just about a killer day of music, though it no doubt has that. It's also about community — and that's a rare thing in these days of corporate-sponsored mega-fests that are as much about marketing as music. Proceeds from ULUV 2013 will benefit three local charities: Bread and Roses, which "is dedicated to uplifting the human spirit by providing free, live, quality shows to people who live in institutions or are otherwise isolated from society"; Music in Schools Today, which "advocates for, supports and develops integrated, accessible, sustainable and measurable music-in-education programs that improve student achievement"; and MusiCares, which provides services to musicians covering "a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies."

But if you donate to ULUV 2013, you're not just making some kind of nebulous contribution—you'll be helping musicians directly. Says Michael Starita, ULUV co-founder, "As part of ULUV 2013 there will be a dental clinic the week following the festival that will provide dental cleaning and x-rays FREE OF CHARGE to over 50 musicians, courtesy of MusiCares. Donations to the IndieGoGo and festival will go towards making this happen!"

Without your support, ULUV 2013 may not happen at all. Go on over to the ULUV 2013 IndieGoGo page and kick them a few duckets, won't you? You won't just be making this festival happen, you'll be supporting local music and, perhaps more importantly, local musicians — musicians like those in Naked Soul, which used to be called Alma Desnuda. Check out their live set from this year's High Sierra Music Festival:

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