I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve called a foul-mouthed, loud-speaking high school student a “hooligan” or walked past that potentially good kid hanging on the block with the wrong crowd. I also couldn’t tell you one time I did something about it— like pull them over and offer some advice so they have a chance to better themselves. Nope. Not once.
I’m glad I can’t say the same about this group of fellows: Holley Monelle, j. RENEÉ, ScienZe, and DJ Kraff Swagger. Unlike so many of us who more readily tweet (or RT) punch lines about this misguided generation, these individuals have partnered with CFES to actually do something about it. The Hall Pass Tour is a series of concerts to be held at various New York City middle schools and high schools. Its mission? Access and Achievement; providing a creative platform for communities to support and guide their children into changing phrases like “if I apply to college; if I’m accepted” to “when I apply; when I’m accepted.” Alongside headliners, ScienZe and j. RENEÉ, will be ultra talented middle school and HS students who auditioned for a performing spot in these concerts; a move that is as symbolic of the tour’s mission itself- that if you truly want something, all you have to do is get on that stage and go for it.
What’s most inspiring about this tour is that I remember when it was just a notion. In the midst of passive chatter about goals and aspirations, Holley blurted out the “wouldn’t it be dope if…” idea to host a citywide public school concert tour. I was a fly on the wall as an idea turned into action, scribbled notes on scrap paper turned into company retreat presentations, and all roadblocks gave way. Countless emails, several major sponsors such as Boundless NY, Apt No.7, Scratch DJ Academy and Staple | Reed Space, and a whole lot of gumption later- the Hall Pass Tour is her dream; their dreams, dragged clear into fruition.
Here’s to infinite possibilities!
The tour heads to rural, upstate NY in the Spring and next year, it goes nationwide. I can’t wait.
Contact & Tour Information
Facebook: Hall Pass Tour
Special thank you to the team for allowing me to direct and feature this spotlight. (And to my cameraman, @PotentialNY, uRock!)