A music festival launched by a local media company with the aim of highlighting local artists and providing Chicago teens with a brief respite from the city’s ongoing horrific violence kicks off Saturday in Douglass Park.
From The ‘Go Fest, created by True Star Foundation and kicks off 12 p.m. Saturday, will feature local artists Dreezy, DCG, 8MatikLogan, Bianca Shaw, Heavy Crownz and Chanelle Tru, among others. It will be hosted by social media influencer and rapper Korporate.
The event is free for teens ages 13 to 19. Festival organizers are mandating proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test or COVID vaccination card.
The Truestar Foundation, which provides paid apprenticeships training young people to create, develop and market content on digital platforms, has provided jobs and opportunities for over 10,000 South and West Side teens.
“Young people in Chicago are experiencing so much grief right now due to violence and COVID-19,” said True Star Foundation’s executive director DeAnna McLeary Sherman in a news release. “True Star wants to give them something fun and safe to do to celebrate back-to-school with their perspective and interest in mind.”
During the festival, St. Anthony Hospital will be on-site administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for youth with parental consent, and will host a vendor fair for local youth entrepreneurs, said festival officials.