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In the news, August 15-21

Young musicians from Renaissance Education, Music & Sports perform at PS 75 on Faile St.

Young musicians from a Morrisania-based non-profit put on a high-energy musical show for about 100 summer camp kids in the courtyard of PS 75 on Faile St. on August 18, singing, playing and rapping mostly original tunes to entertain the campers. The young talent is part of Renaissance Education, Music & Sports at E 163 St. and 3rd Ave, which trains teens from around the city to play instruments, sing and compose. The groups perform at high-profile and not-so-glitzy shows and events across town, mixing entertainment with social messages. The group yesterday performed original R&B/rap songs with titles like “Pull your pants up,” and “Asthma can’t win.” Over half the kids who participate are from the Bronx, said the program’s executive director, Bervin Harris. “Kids get to jump around and have a good time, while driving a positive message,” Harris said, adding that a few of the kids performing with the group this summer have already gotten into Boston’s Berklee College of Music, one of the most prestigious music schools in the country.

In the hottest summer many can remember, attendance at the Floating Lady pool anchored off Barretto Point Park is down. That’s because there’s no easy way to get there, Adam Liebowitz of ACTION at The Point, told MetroNY. His teenage charges campaigned two years ago to convince the MTA to route the Bx6 as a shuttle to the park during pool season, which ends on Labor Day. But the shuttle was eliminated as part of the transit cuts aimed at bridging the MTA’s huge budget deficit this year.

A band of 18 youngsters, ages 8-22, including singers, instrumentalists, dancers, rappers, and poets have been touring the city all summer long,giving free performances. On Aug. 16, the Music With A Message youth band will be in Hunts Point. They’ll perform at the Hunts Point Library, 877 Southern Boulevard, Between Tiffany and 163rd streets from 1:30-2:30.

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