WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – The social justice and charity concert “Silence the Lies, Rock the Truth! VIII” is slated to be held on Sunday, April 24 at The Troubadour in West Hollywood. The annual show’s line-up includes The Bambir, Yeghikian, Blackmore, The Dirty Diamond, Red Snow, Maria Cozette, MartPhDj, and AGBU MHS Royal Anarchy. Sponsors of the event include UCLA’s Alpha Gamma Alpha and Armenian Students Association.
The concert is dedicated to raising awareness of the Armenian Genocide in a showcase of music, activism, and commemoration by socially conscious artists in Los Angeles. Now in its eighth year, the show draws over 500 audience members as it unites human rights advocates in calling for an end to the perpetration of genocide globally.
“Turkey continues to find themselves in the belly of controversy,” said K’noup Tomopoulos, one of the show’s main orchestrators, “from the downing of a Russian fighter plane to censorship of their media, they have proven that where there is smoke there is fire. And as long as they deny their actions then events such as ours will run parallel until justice is finally served.”
This year’s line-up includes Armenia’s The Bambir in town for a showcase at SXSW music, media, and film festival in Austin Texas.
The Bambir stated that their “[e]xploration of the United States in many ways is a continuation of the process by which Armenia and the Diaspora have been bridging the gap forced upon all those years ago. We are happy to share the stage with fellow Armenians here in Los Angeles. Loud Music and Collective Noise is our answer.”
Proceeds from the concert will be donated to two organizational projects that fit the purpose of the show. The first is The Center for the Study of Law and Genocide at Loyola Law School. Its mission is to promote legal scholarship on genocide and mass violations of human rights. It also aims to train current and future legal practitioners on using existing remedies, domestic and international, to help victims of genocide and mass violations of human rights achieve a measure of justice.
The second organization is Orran Charity, which provides vital support and assistance to needy Armenian children in Yerevan. Established in 2000, Orran, meaning “haven” in Armenian, works to decrease the disparity between the needs of at-risk groups and the availability of essential services. Orran provides food services, academic assistance, cultural enrichment opportunities and medical, psychological and social services for vulnerable communities in Yerevan.
Tickets are sold in advance and at the all-ages show. Doors open at 7 p.m.