PIQUA — After losing a friend to heroin addiction, the founder of a Troy-based indie record label is banding together with several local musicians to increase awareness of the escalating use of the drug in the Miami Valley.
“Last February, a friend passed from a heroin overdose. Since then, we have been contacted by multiple people who have experienced the same thing as we have,” said Jonathan Roman, CEO of Alliance Records.
This loss prompted Roman to begin planning Stand Against Addiction, a music festival to generate support for those who are or have been affected by heroin use or addiction. In conjunction with the Miami County Recovery Council (MCRC), Alliance Records will be hosting the festival on Saturday, Aug. 23, in Fountain Park.
Several hip-hop and rock artists are on the roster for the event, including Piqua up-and-coming rapper J-NiBB, as well as S5ive, Funk Nasty and West Water, also from Piqua. In addition to Alliance Records, The Underdogs and EAZR will represent Troy at the festival. Also confirmed to perform is Vandalia’s Just Jake.
“The artists who will be performing at the event are mostly local guys from around the area, but we will have some acts coming from Kentucky and Cleveland as well,” Roman said.
The daylong festival will include other activities and attractions including a three-point basketball shootout, a memory ribbon booth, food and beverage stations, and more.
“The MCRC will be present at the event taking donations and giving out information about their services, as well as how they can help and assist someone battling heroin use and other addictions,” Roman said.
To raise funds for Stand Against Addiction, Alliance Records will hold a fund-raiser at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at Boomerang Pub, 8285 N. Dixie Drive, Piqua.