LIVE ART: Blue is Positively Richmond

Local artist Desiree Roots rehearses for LIVE ART: Blue at Altria Theater.

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) —  The stage is set for LIVE ART: Blue. As she rehearsed, Desiree Roots said she cannot wait to perform on Sunday.

“It’s this energy that you feel when you know that you’re pouring out from yourself and giving to an audience,” she described. “And then when they give back to you with their hand clap, it’s like a natural high.”

Roots will join three-time Grammy Award winning Blues musician Keb’Mo’, Charlottesville-based bluegrass band Love Canon and several other artists for a concert benefiting SPARC, the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community.

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SPARC was founded in 1981 to give young people ages 3 to 18 a performing arts education and opportunities to shine.

“The most beautiful part is to see their eyes light up when they feel successful on the stage,” Ryan Ripperton, the SPARC Executive Director and “Chief Inspiration Officer,” said.

Ripperton said the event will include 200 students with a wide-range of abilities and disabilities.

“Really, what we’re generating is a sense of accomplishment, a sense of confidence in young people that they can turn into whatever their chosen career is,” Ripperton said about SPARC’s goals for each child and teenager enrolled in the program.

Roots agreed.

“We have to pass the torch, and so they’re the ones that are going to carry on their craft and their gifts and give it to the world,” she said.

This is Roots’ first time being a part of this annual concert, but she said she already knows it is something very special.

“Really, what we’re generating is a sense of accomplishment, a sense of confidence in young people that they can turn into whatever their chosen career is,” Ryan Ripperton said.

Roots also said she loved the positive energy and the feelings of family and community she felt being a part of the event.

“Music makes the world go round, so they’re our world and they’re the ones we’re giving it to,” she said. “So what better way to do it?”

LIVE ART: Blue is Sunday, June 5 at Altria Theater in Richmond. It begins at 5 p.m. Follow this link for the full lineup and ticket information.

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