Saturday’s Eastdale Mall concert may be called YunRo “On Ice,” but don’t expect the Montgomery music artist to skate while he sings. He hasn’t worn a pair in many years.
Nor has event host Comedian Blueski Blue (aka Brian Smith). “I was 11 the last time I put on some blades. It didn’t go too good for me,” he said.
Fortunately the slick surface of the mall’s ice rink will be covered by a stage Saturday from 1-4 p.m. as YunRo performs positive originals like “Street Life” and “Fly,” plus more new material. It’s an opportunity he’s very grateful for.
“God is definitely working in my favor, and I’m thankful for it,” YunRo said.
YunRo will be joined by Georgia artist and frequent partner Chris Lowe.
“We’re going to give the people a lot of show,” YunRo said.
The concert also reunites YunRo with DJ Meek (Tamika McGhee) and Montgomery hip hop dance group Different Flavors of Dance. They all recently worked together for a show on the outdoor stage at Alabama National Fair.
“I’ve seen the love that (DFOD) has for dance,” YunRo said. “They’re about positivity also.”
“I’m going to hit a flip with (DFOD) this time, man. I’m going to come out of retirement,” said Blue of the BlueHeart Foundation, a group that serves underprivileged families and youths in Montgomery. “If I fall, it’s OK to laugh. But if I don’t move, then y’all call 911.”
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Blue said the show will also include a throwback mix for all the Montgomery rappers that paved the way, including the late Doe B. “We’re going to go back in time and play some of their songs, which inspired us to do what we do,” Blue said.
Beyond being a live concert and dance performance, this event is also a citywide canned food drive.
“We’re also taking donations also,” YunRo said.
They said by bringing in canned goods, guests will be entered into a prize raffle.
“We’re going to do a drawing probably about every 15 or 20 minutes,” Blue said.
Both YunRo and Blue are strong supporters of high school bands as a way for youths to grow and use their time for positivity. “Band programs saved both our lives,” Blue said.
On Saturday, band scholarships will be awarded to several of Montgomery’s seniors from Jarvis Christian College, a Christian historically Black college in Hawkins, Texas.
“We’re going to give the scholarships live on stage,” Blue said. “I think that’ll inspire other kids.”
YunRo has an anti-violence “Street Life” movement, both with his song of the same name and by pairing up with Blue to host Wake Up Montgomery podcasts. That same kind of energy is going to flow into Saturday’s show, he said.
“There’s going to definitely be a lot of positivity. That’s what I stand for,” YunRo said. “I want everybody to come out and have a good time.
Blue said they’re expecting an all-ages crowd.
The concert is sponsored by The Platform, Circle Internet Radio, Unspeakable Joy, Richlife Clothing, StudioLand and Shaxor Enterprise.
“Bring the whole family. It’s music for all ages,” said YunRo. “We’re going to have fun.”
“Wear your face mask,” said Blue. “Social distance and all that.”
Follow YunRo on Facebook @YunRo18, and the BlueHeart Foundation @BLUEHEART334.
More work ahead
Along with working together on YunRo On Ice, Blue and YunRo are partners in a mission to stop gun violence in Montgomery. They’re especially trying to keep kids from killing one another. That’s the subject they’ve been bringing guests in to talk about on their regular podcast “Wake Up Montgomery,” hosted by The Platform. Their most recent one on Nov. 10 featured Carlton Wright, band director for Alabama A&M University.
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Along with that, the BlueHeart Foundation regularly donates essential COVID-19 supplies to Montgomery Public Schools. On Nov. 19, the group Blue founded will deliver bleach, sanitizer and other cleaning supplies to Southlawn Elementary school to help keep kids safe.
Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Shannon Heupel at email@example.com.
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