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GRiZ Gives Back To Hometown Of Detroit With Fifth Annual 12 Days of GRiZMAS
Electro-funk DJ and producer GRiZ, who always keeps it upbeat, especially when he plays the saxophone during his live sets, is sharing his positivity with his hometown of Detroit this holiday season. Now in its fifth year, the "12 Days of GRiZMAS" kicks off on Dec. 4 with a variety of community-focused events around the city, culminating with live shows from GRiZ and friends on Dec. 13-15. In true holiday spirit, all proceeds will go back to Detroit's public schools to support music education.
The full calendar of events include caroling downtown with GRiZ himself, a community service day, open mic night, and a roller disco party, plus three nights of shows, one of which includes his 15-peice live band. A special pop-up shop will be open each day for participants to drop off donations for the toy and coat drive, participate in arts and crafts activities and share in the very-special GRiZMAS cheer.
The 28-year-old artist wrote a touching, personal letter coming out to his fans—and the world—last year, sharing the importance music has always played in his life, especially when he struggled to accept himself as a young person.
"I played sports, was dedicated to my school work, had friends, loved Britney Spears, and discovered a deep interest and safe haven within music," he wrote. "But, as you may or may not know, even in the most stable of environments, the struggle of coming to grips with your sexuality can dominate your world. And for me, it did."
GRiZ is truly a role model for fellow established artists and aspiring young musicians alike, and hopefully more young people in Detroit will be able to find a safe space within music as he did through the music education programs he's helping support at local schools.
You can visit the "12 Days of GRiZMAS" website for tickets and more info on all events.