UberARTIST Music and Art Showcases Celebrate Driver Talent
At Uber, we’re all about celebrating the people and places that make cities like Los Angeles unique. That’s why we’re excited to bring you UberARTIST – a celebration Uber driver-partners who are pursuing their passions as artists and entertainers in the City of Angels.
As part of our program kickoff, our rider and driver-partner communities came together to enjoy art and music from talented driver-partners. Interested in being part of UberARTIST? Fill out our form here.
MUSIC CONCERT WITH PERFORMANCES BY THREE DRIVER-PARTNER-LED BANDS
Learn more about the bands and check out what else they are up to around LA.
See How They Run
See How They Run got their start in 2013 when longtime collaborators Paige Lewis (driver-partner) and Adrian Bourgeois (driver-partner) moved to LA from Texas and Sacramento, respectively.
The Rift came together when brothers Jean (driver-partner) and Aris needed an outlet to express themselves when their family was going through challenging times. Music has always been a passion of theirs, so they joined forces with friend Ovais to formulate the band.
Most notably, they’ve been nominated for the Hollywood Music and Media Awards for the past two consecutive years for their songs “Universe” and “Music Stops.”
Led by the dreamy vocals of Holland Belle and the swirling guitars of Jordan Wiggins, the band released its debut EP in June entitled, “ETERNAL PHASE,” mixed by Jeff Zeigler and mastered by Joe Lambert in June.
With music that, “recalls hazy daze of Mazzy Star and 10,000 Maniacs*,” Nightjacket’s first single, “The Right Way to Fall,” also features guitarist Louie Schultz (Army Navy), bassist and Uber driver-partner Steve Lucarelli (Wounds/Gasoline Heart), and drummer Diego Guerrero (Weather Underground/Red Cortez).
ART SHOWCASE FEATURING EIGHT DRIVER-PARTNERS
Rider and driver-partner art enthusiasts and those new to the gallery scene also checked out photography of Iggy Pop, hand-painted canvases from Nepal, custom-made furniture, and more by members of the LA-driver-partner community.
Get to know the photographers, painters, jewelry-makers, and social business entrepreneurs who showcased their work.
Steve employs the traditional wet darkroom in addition to alternative processes as a photographer. His current work explores the dysfunctional and conflicted relationship between humans and nature. He is inspired by any form of art, music, film, etc. that challenges him to pause and think.
Steve explains his work to an attendee of the art gallery show.
Gaspar De Jesus
Gaspar DeJesus was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Right after graduating from high school he was admitted to the Architecture School within the Universidad Central de Venezuela where he discovered his passion for industrial design. In July 2014 Gaspar was selected from hundreds of applicants by Ellen Degeneres to be part the first season of HGTV’s Ellen’s Design Challenge.
Dan was born in Skopje, Macedonia. He graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Macedonia with a focus on painting and graphic design. He is mostly inspired by the human form in various moments and settings.
Dan stands with his paintings at the showcase. He presented a mix of still-life and portraits.
Nitin Vadukul was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1965. Nitin was educated in London and it was at the age of eight that he developed a passion for art. His work combines a world of images that have a deep metaphorical sense. Nitin’s photography led work has been featured in a series of solo and group exhibitions in USA, UK, Japan, France, Germany and Russia. Check out our interview with Nitin.
Social business entrepreneurs for Mithila arts and crafts, including Ranjit, came together in Janakpur Handicraft Center (JHC) in 1994 to bring a revolution in employment opportunities for uneducated but very talented women living around the Kuwa Village in Janakpur, Nepal. In 2010 they started a project – “Mithila Nepal” to promote Mithila Art.
Mithila Nepal strives to provide empowerment opportunities to 50 women by the end of 2015 as Mithila artists, so that they can change their lives, increase the likelihood that their children (who are unable to go to school) can get an education, as well as preserve this centuries-old folk art.
Ranjit and his wife Seema view the photography by fellow driver-partner Dan Orange.
Dan Orange, a Los Angeles native, has explored and photographed landscapes across the country. He loves being out in nature and is experienced in guiding groups of young adults in wilderness settings for weeks and months at a time, teaching them how to live and respect the environment around them.
He loves images, open spaces, the outdoors, and telling stories with photos. Check out our interview with Dan
Mark Roddenberry was born in Saint Petersburg, Florida, and has been a photographer since 1998. Having dreamed about living in California, he made the decision to move to Los Angeles two years ago. While most recognized for photographing the events of 9/11, he has photographed actors such as Dakota Fanning and Charles Baker (Breaking Bad).
Mark stands in front of his photography with Alisha, an Uber rider he invited to the event.
Jess is a self-taught artist who has been working with glass for the last 15 years. She uses glass techniques from Pre-War Italy and France, called Pâte de Verre casting. Jess has reinvented the process to be more environmentally responsible by reducing firing times and jettisoning toxic mold ingredients for an organic method close to baking toffee.
Driver-partner and student Diego Escobar was the DJ for the event. Check out his custom UberARTIST DJ set on SoundCloud!
Every day, we meet driver-partners who are shaping the creative landscape of the city we call home by painting, filming, writing, performing, and much more. We are excited to continue to share their stories with you and build a thriving UberARTIST community in Los Angeles by connecting them to new audiences and one another, while celebrating their incredible contributions to the city we all call home.
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