This weekend in Orlando: To Write Love On Her Arms plans conference, concerts
The inspirational rise of To Write Love On Her Arms has been well documented, most recently by Rolling Stone: In 2006, Central Florida twentysomething Jamie Tworkowski wrote a story about a teenage friend who tried to commit suicide. His message of preventing teenage self-injury spread online and throughout Tworkowski's friends in the music community, and now To Write Love On Her Arms is a top cause among Christian-minded artists from the Warped Tour set.
This weekend, TWLOHA is sponsoring MOVE Orlando, a two-day conference and workshop for and about young people battling depression, as well as their friends and families.
The centerpiece of the weekend is Heavy and Light, a two-night concert featuring solo and acoustic performances by members of many popular pop and pop-punk bands. (That's a scene from last year's Heavy and Light show above; click here to read a review of the show from Spin magazine.)
"It’s not a 'benefit show'," Tworkowski said in a press release. "It's an attempt to challenge and inspire and encourage."
On Friday, TWLOHA will sponsor a Heavy and Light Kick-Off Show at 8:30 p.m. at the Social, 54 N Orange Ave., Orlando, featuring Ryan Kirkland of Between the Trees, Ryan O'Neal of Sleeping At Last, Damion Suomi and Lauris Vidal. Tickets are $8.
And Saturday's Heavy and Light show, at 8 p.m. at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney, will feature Mat Kearney, Aaron Gillespie of Underoath and the Almost, Bryce Avary of The Rocket Summer, Stephen Christian of Anberlin, Aaron Marsh of Copeland, Zach Williams, Damion Suomi and Anis Mojgani. Tickets are $18; you can buy them here.
Click here for more details on TWLOHA or the concerts.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*