"Downbeat 720 is one of the most magical things I have ever witnessed. It's a space where high school students from all over LA can come and perform their original pieces, sing a cover, read poetry, etc. Everyone was so supportive of each other. It's a place to take risks, to stand onstage and feel comfortable while experimenting and going outside of the comfort zone. It's also a place to meet people who are interested in similar things you are and who will compliment your skill sets beautifully." Owen Thiele, Singer
Click on the pic above to read "A Safe Place for Self-Expression" by Christina Campodonico!
Thanks to The Rhythm Section for backing up every artist tonight! Students from Venice High, Samohi, Hamilton High! Next Downbeat is 6-26-18. Follow us on Instagram @downbeat720
For over sixteen years, Downbeat has offered a safe and supportive space for high school performers to share their talents. Miguel Siqueiros made this 5min documentary on our high school open-mic program when we were first starting!
We won the 2005 Emmy-award for "Outstanding Youth Programming."