Chance The Rapper Hires ASL Interpreters for Deaf Fans at His Shows
Chance The Rapper is offering 50 free front row tickets to deaf or hard-of-hearing fans for the remaining shows on his Coloring Book Tour. To request tickets for a show, email Kelly Kurdi at DEAFinitelyDopebookings@outlook.com, text 832-551-7041 or submit your request on the website DEAFinitelyDope.com
Chance The Rapper Tour Dates Eligible for Free Tickets to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Guests
July 2: New Orleans - New Orleans Essence Festival
July 21: Hartford, Conn. - Hot Jam
July 22: Central Hall, Penn. - Karoondinha
Aug. 3-6: Chicago - Lollapalooza
Sept. 22-24: Las Vegas - Life is Beautiful
Oct. 3-4: Los Angeles - Hollywood Bowl
Oct. 6 and 13: Austin, Texas - Austin City Limits
Oct. 20-22: Phoenix, AZ - Lost Lake Festival
Artists like Action Bronson have been fortunate enough to pursue and flourish in their rap career as well as spend time on things that they have a passion for. While Action is damn near a Michelin-rated chef at this point, Chance The Rapper continues to show love to those who are less fortunate than the rest of us. During a recent show in Tampa, Chance brought in American Sign Language interpreters for a show to allow his hearing-impaired fans to enjoy the show just like anyone else.
Chance The Rapper paid to have DEAFinitely Dope's founder Matt Maxey and two other interpreters sign the Tampa show Wednesday night (June 14) as well as join them on the remaining dates of his tour. Kelly Kurdi, one of the interpreters, expressed her shock in Chance's willingess to work with the organization. "We've all been close to tears since we met him, because we just can't believe that he's willing to provide interpreters on his own," she said in an interview with CBS 10 News. The group went on to say that it's rare for an artist to provide this service, forcing deaf fans to bring their own interpreters.
In a separate Facebook video, Chance appears with Matt to inform deaf and hard-of-hearing fans that they'll be able to enjoy the show at no additional cost since the rest of his tour will be presented with DEAFinitely Dope. He closes the video with, "We just want to turn up!" Chance provided 50 free front row tickets for deaf and hard-of-hearing fans at last night's show.
Hopefully, this is another trend that Chance is starting among artists. Although the Grammys won't admit that he had any impact, mixtapes are essentially eligible for a Grammy now because of his petition. It would be dope to see other artists regard this service as a minimum for live shows. As for the interpreter Holly Maniatty who killed it at Jazz Fest during Snoop Dogg's set, it seems that she was brought in by the festival and not a particular artist.
You can watch a video of Chance's announcement with Matt below.
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