About the Artists
Driving While Black Records
Driving While Black Records was founded in 2016 by rapper, activist, and entrepreneur Jordan Montgomery. The record label elevates five emerging, local hip hop artists, including Jordan. The collective uses hip hop to denounce the unfair treatment Blacks face in everyday society. Jordan started rapping when he attend CAPA, a magnet school located in Downtown Pittsburgh. When he was pulled over as a young driver for a questionable traffic stop, he learned first-hand what it meant to ‘drive while black.’ This confrontation sparked his first hip hop album, which called out racism, police brutality, gentrification, and other ills affecting his community. Today, the label provides recording resources, brand management, distribution, and show planning to its young artists. Jordan remains committed to fighting racism while building sales and developing performance opportunities for the collective.
Make Sure You Have Fun™
Make Sure You Have Fun™ is an experience, livestream and radio platform based in Pittsburgh, PA formed in 2018. Focusing simultaneously on local musical talent and performing artists worldwide, Make Sure You Have Fun™ and internet radio leg MSYH.FM use our platform to build up Pittsburgh-based artists and curators to create a vibrant local performance scene in Pittsburgh in order to welcome and attract up and coming performing artists across the globe.
Kelsey Robinson is a Brooklyn-born, Pittsburgh-reared performance artist. She studied musical theater at Point Park University.
Kelsey has joined Bricolage Production Company in multiple immersives (DODO, the forest of everywhere, The Clearing, The Festival of Firsts) that place empathy-elevating, improvisation over entertainment as well as participated as a Wordplay storyteller. She is both an actor and teaching artist with Quantum Theatre (Inside Passage, Looking for Violeta and Lyon's Den.) She was a founding member of FolkLab in Femme and created and directed OTHER: A Multiracial Folklore. Kelsey has appeared onstage with other notable local companies including Attack Theater, Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater, Pittsburgh City Theater, Kinetic Theater, Pittsburgh Shakespeare In the Parks, Carnegie Mellon Drama and Afro Yaqui Music Collective.
Kelsey has been honored to perform at Pittsburgh venues including The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, City of Asylum, The Mattress Factory, The Warhol and The National Aviary. As well as renowned NYC venues including Carnegie Hall, The Studio Museum of Harlem, The National Museum of Jazz in Harlem, MOMA and The Shed. She is the recipient of an Opportunity Fund grant and a Kelly Strayhorn Theater residency for her project Talking with Ghosts About Freedom that traverses the nation by bicycle unearthing regional Black and Indigenous histories.
She is currently directing the world-premiere of Sunsum is Spirit at the New Hazlett Theater and preparing for the opening of #notwhitecollective’s We Are The Global Majority at SPACE gallery.
Redfishbowl is a grassroots artist collective that unifies creative networks, genres, and mediums through the common thread of art, music, and performance. Through curating diverse showcases and events, we create a platform for any artist regardless of gender, race, culture, age, sexual orientation, and abilities to further their career, gain exposure, build opportunities, and connect with the community. We prioritize accountability and actively work to cultivate an organizational culture that is both safe and inclusive for all. The safety of our members and visitors is always of utmost importance, and racism, sexism, transphobia, and harassment are never tolerated here. Inclusivity is and will always be illustrated through our collective, as we condemn all forms of hate in both our day-to-day operations and our events.