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Light Warriors is a five-piece band that consists of musicians from Connecticut and New York: Steven Jean Baptiste on drums, Kris Brewer on saxophones, Herm Meyer on keyboards, Erik Rabasca, guitar, and vocals, and Angel Sanchez on bass. The band recently opened for multiple Grammy winner, Jon Batiste. Their style of music can be described as a familiar fusion of funky rock and jazzy reggae with global indie sensibilities. 

Light Warriors originally released “One” on Juneteenth 2020, in the wake of George Floyd’s death and subsequent Black Lives Matter protests. All the proceeds of the initial Bandcamp release were donated to NAACP Legal Defense Fund and The Brotherhood Sister Sol in NYC. Fifty percent of the proceeds from purchases of the full-length album, “Book of One,” are currently being donated to an organization called WhyHunger.

Light Warriors, along with a full lineup of artists, will be performing at the 2022 Hope Rocks Festival this weekend in Saugerties, New York. The two-day festival presents visual artists, filmmakers, performance artists, and activities focusing on lighting the darkness of addiction and depression.

— ELISA ZUCKERBERG, Founder of HearItThere.com, an online resource for live music events in the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County.

📰 ICYMI: This Week’s Features

Living with Tourette’s

A Bedford woman candidly recounts her lifelong struggle with an often misunderstood condition.

Interview with Journal News Reporter/Union Secretary Augments My Hot Take

Gannett layoffs bite Westchester

Before Section 1 Sports Coverage, a Quick Word on Back-to-School Energy

Gearing up for local fall athletics

Free (or Almost Free) Things to Do

May be an image of outdoors

Get out of the house and have some late-summer fun without breaking the bank.

Spotlight on local election primary coverage

Dr. Miriam Levitt Flisser also enters the fray

Your Best Bets: What to Do This Weekend

How One Piece of Headline Sausage Got Made

Plus a frank report on Yorktown weenies; Westchester development notes too

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: Relocating Peekskill Homeless Shelter Gets Mixed Reviews

“Being homeless is not a moral imperfection.”

📡 THE FEED: Curated News in Brief

  • County Launches $10M Landlord Tenant Assistance Program: County Executive George Latimer and the Westchester County Board of Legislators last week announced the creation of a $10M Landlord Tenant Assistance Program (LTAP) in an effort to promote affordable housing. (Examiner)

  • More Carmel Residents Urged to Curtail Non-Essential Water Usage: Residents in four districts in the Town of Carmel are being asked to voluntarily curtail all non-essential water usage. The notice put out Aug. 8 to District 1 (Mahopac Business District), District 8 (Mahopac Ridge), District 10 (Lakeview Park) and District 13 (Rolling Greens) follows a notice sent last month to District 12 Farmview Estates residents requesting the same changes. (Examiner)

  • Plane from Westchester Crashes in Hudson Valley: Multiple injuries were reported after a plane wouldn’t brake and crashed into a road in the Hudson Valley over the weekend. (Hudson Valley Post)

  • Pleasantville Parcels for Sale for Residential Development: A Westchester real estate firm has listed for sale four contiguous parcels in Pleasantville totaling 20 acres, pitching the properties to prospective buyers as an attractive site for residential development. (Examiner)

  • Westchester Encourages Fire Safety Due to Lack of Rain: Most of the state right now, including Westchester, is under the second-highest fire danger level, per the Department of Environmental Conservation. (News 12)

  • Bowman, Gashi, Parker Vie for 16th District Democratic Nod: Two years ago, Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-Yonkers) ousted longstanding Democratic congressman Eliot Engel in the race for New York’s 16th Congressional District, a significant victory for the party’s progressive contingent. Now, the freshman congressman faces three opponents vying to unseat him in the Aug. 23 Democratic primary. (Examiner)



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