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PD & BD at One - The 44th Official Launch Party
Sunday, July 29, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)
MILWAUKEE ARTISTS MAKE A STATEMENT FOR GENERATIONAL POWER
A T-Shirt Line and Live Performance Build Momentum for Progress
Milwaukee, WI July 2nd, 2012- The 44th, a movement promoting Gen-Xers (ages 36-47) and Millennials (Ages 14-35) to change the world, announced its plans to launch its clothing line. Co-founders Patrice Downey and Bobby Drake began their 15-day t-shirt sale on July 1, 2012. Following the t-shirt sale, Drake and Downey will host an event at One Sports Lounge located at 1003 North Old World Third Street on July 29, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. CDT.
“The 44th is inspired by the 2008 election putting President Barack Obama in office,” says Drake, a well-known spoken word artist from Milwaukee. “After vising Florida during the announcement of his presidency, I was mesmerized by the cultural blend of young Americans fighting to ensure he made it into office. Importantly, it inspired me to realize our generation is impacting and changing the world. The 44th promotes our generation and our ability to make a difference. The t-shirt is intended to help people feel empowered, to join the conversation and take action on issues that are important to them.”
Following Drake’s experience, he and Downey printed a small quantity of t-shirts, which quickly gained interest - for the shirt and the cause. “We decided that the success of the election was just the beginning for The 44th. We couldn’t use one event in history to determine the value of the shirt. It means more. It is a symbol of empowerment to impact the future of history,” stated Downey, a well-known artist and business owner from Milwaukee. “People reacted positively to The 44th, which inspired us to expand Drake’s idea and efforts.”
Drake and Downey are marketing and selling the t-shirts nationally with support from major metropolitan cities throughout the United States. Locally, the team will host a series of events to encourage supporters to “Join the Conversation”.
The first of several events will take place on July 29, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. CDT at One Sports Lounge. This event is called PD & BD at ONE and will feature a live band, spoken word and musical performances by Drake and Downey. There will also be opportunities to “Make the Statement” and “Join the Conversation”.
The 44th t-shirts are being sold at http://the44.eventbrite.com. The cost of the shirt is $22.00 (SM-XL) and $25.00 (XXL-4X) and includes admission to the social mixer at One Sports Lounge. Without the shirt, admission at the door will be $10.00.
“This is just the beginning. We plan to expand our efforts and activities as our movement gains momentum,” says Drake. “It’s simple. Wear the shirt. Make the statement. The 44th will evolve as the people come together.”
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About Bobby Drake
Bobby Drake is a spoken word artist, public speaker and producer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With many years of experience, Drake has worked with artists that include Patrice Downey, Logic and Raze, The Hollowz, Jay Cane, D. Ellzey and UrbanSOL . Drake’s experience as an independent producer landed him credit on the PBS show Black Nouveau and also on screen and narration roles for several PBS documentaries. Drake has partnered with countless political and community organizations, including The League, FUEL Milwaukee, SEIU and several others around the country.
About Patrice Downey
Patrice Downey is a singer, songwriter, poet, youth mentor, radio personality and business owner from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With close ties to the community, Downey hosts an internet radio show called The Women’s Panel on Blowradio.com. As a business owner of Ugly, Who? and Legends Entertainment Group, LLC, Downey has extensive experience in executive administration and business management. As an artist, her travels have taken her around the nation. She has worked with a variety of local and national musicians in R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Neo-soul Pop and Rock.