'These Words are Bound' Returns

The magnetism of music's gravitational pull is nothing short of amazing. Music's potential to positively influence an individual or an entire community cannot be ignored.

This Friday, SATX Music, Blackgold Emporium and Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer come together to bring, “These Words are Bound” for a second year to showcase San Antonio’s hip-hop scene through a book drive benefitting the Eastside Promise Neighborhood.

According to SAReads statistics, San Antonio, overall has an illiteracy rate of 12.5% meaning 1 in 8 adults can’t read and the problem begins at a young age.

A child’s literacy rate can be determined by the end of third grade. Throughout that time, children are typically still learning to read and a substantial portion of their learning day is focused on developing basic reading skills. After third grade, the focus shifts from learning to read to reading to learn.

Producer/Rapper LaJIT will be performing at These Words Are Bound this Friday (courtesy photo)

Producer/Rapper LaJIT will be performing at These Words Are Bound this Friday (courtesy photo)

According to last year’s GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Charting Impact Report, surrounding areas such as Southwest ISD and Harlandale ISD had 33% of 3rd graders reading below grade level.

"After last year's success, we immediately thought it would be a great idea to make These Words Are Bound an annual thing. We received 300+ books from patrons who came out last year and would love to see an even larger number of books donated this time around."  Mike Gutierrez, SATX intern who helped organize last year’s showcase, told Sobre Sound.

"The performers on the lineup are artists that we have consistently seen at either inner-city shows or putting out quality music over the past year. Each one of them has shown their respects to the Hip Hop/R&B genres, and we think they are individuals that can help us with stirring the conversation about youth literacy in a philanthropic effort like this."

Hip-Hop artists on this year’s bill include MJ Apollo, Dingo Johnson, Made Men, Amanda Marie, Sono, LaJIT, Bamsoworth Belli, and DJWhatdaheck.

Press release states “Organizers see this event as a stepping stone in conversations to be had regarding community and literacy, and believe the positive connection between hip hop, youth literacy and inner-city San Antonio should be celebrated.”

Doors open at 8:45 p.m. and festivities will last until midnight. The event is free to attend and open to ages 18+.  Attendees are encouraged to donate a minimum of five books at the door to receive an SATX Music shirt, koozie, and sticker. Please RSVP here