Upstar Records - A Youth-run Record Label Aimed At Turning Today's Hip-hop Enthusiasts Into Tomorrow's Digital Technology Leaders

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Bay Area Youth Reclaim Origins of Hip-Hop at Upstar's First CD Release Event

San Francisco's recently launched Upstar Records is pleased to announce the release of their first full-length music compilation titled "Hard to Ignore." Upstar Records is an extension of the Artistic Expression Program at Sunset Youth Services.

To celebrate the CD release, the record label is hosting a party and performance on Sunday, September 20th at the Bottom of the Hill Restaurant, Bar and Nightclub. A portion of ticket sales ($10 per person) will help to fund equipment and staffing needs of the Artistic Expression Program. The CD will also be available for purchase (also $10), with all funds going to the Program.

With over 15 vocalists contributing tracks, the lyrics are strong and varied throughout, ranging from socially critical, to deeply personal, to motivational. Many of the artists featured on the CD will be performing their original hip hop and rap music at the event.

Event Details
Date/Time:    Sunday, September 20th, 2009 at 1:00pm
Location:    Bottom of the Hill Restaurant, Bar and Nightclub, 1233 17th Street (17th @ Missouri), San Francisco, CA 94107
Tickets:    $10 at the door

Since 2003, the Artistic Expression Program has served over 500 high-risk youth of San Francisco. The Program incorporates Digital Audio Recording and Engineering, Beat Sequencing, DJ Instruction, Instrumentation, and Digital Film Making. The youth (ages 10 - 20) in the Program have shown remarkable self-improvement, gaining confidence and developing transferable skills as they learn and interact with the very latest in digital technology.

Founded as a non-profit in 1992, Sunset Youth Services' mission is to foster long-term stability in high-risk youth and families through caring relationships, supportive services and dynamic programming. It currently benefits over 5,000 San Francisco youth and their families each year.

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