The night’s show, which featured several local performers, was organized by 20-year-old Kelly Pollard, a construction apprentice who makes music under the stage name Kelly-Kellz. He’s seen the headlines recently. He said he put together the Friday event to give people a different outlet.
“All the violence going on — I wanted to do a little anti-violence entertainment. People will come out and share their talents,” he said. “I just wanted to do something to make our community better.”
“My first song’s going to be about my life. The first verse is talking about my sister — she’s pregnant, my younger sister. The second verse is about my mom, then the third verse is talking about my older sister. It’s like, we’re struggling out here, and we’re trying to make it.”