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Garibaldi to perform benefit for Modesto Gospel Mission; Carman in Merced

Garibaldi’s early inspiration for artistry was the culture and color of graffiti art. As a youth he moved from Los Angeles to Elk Grove, where he fine-tuned some of his techniques. Now, he uses black canvases to create his works on stage.
Garibaldi’s early inspiration for artistry was the culture and color of graffiti art. As a youth he moved from Los Angeles to Elk Grove, where he fine-tuned some of his techniques. Now, he uses black canvases to create his works on stage. Modesto Gospel Mission

A vibrant and energetic performance painter will bring his show to a fundraiser for the Modesto Gospel Mission later this month, and an award-winning Christian singer will perform in Merced.

A 2012 semifinalist on “America’s Got Talent,” David Garibaldi creates images through his body movement and brushes, “communicating via music” to audiences, according to a press release.

Garibaldi will perform Oct. 16 at the Gallo Center for the Arts in a benefit for the Modesto Gospel Mission’s new Women and Children’s Building. The event will include a reception with appetizers from Modesto chefs, a silent auction featuring local artists, live music and a red carpet photo opportunity.

The mission’s new building will house needy women and children in Stanislaus County, many who leave domestic abuse situations, according to the release. The agency’s current building is too small, forcing the mission to turn away several people in need of services.

According to Garibaldi’s website, the culture and color of graffiti art served as an early inspiration for him. Born in Los Angeles, he moved as a youth to Elk Grove and it was there “that he learned to enjoy the use of his hands and body through art on ‘larger and somewhat illegal canvases’ by painting graffiti as an angst teen,” the website states. “Graffiti artist and high school dropout, he was living day-by-day. The only constants in his life were music and art.”

Garibaldi combined his passion for music and color in his artwork. After seeing performance painter Denny Dent’s portrait of Jimi Hendrix, he discovered music-driven art and began his own career. Now, he paints live by transforming blank black canvases into pop art legends through his “Rhythm and Hue” shows.

The charity reception and show begins at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Gallo Center. Tickets, $25-$35, are on sale now and can be purchased at www.galloarts.org or at the center, 1000 I St., Modesto. Call (209) 338-2100 .


On Oct. 10, Christian Life Center Church in Merced will present a show by contemporary Christian singer and evangelist Carman.

Carman was Billboard magazine’s Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year in 1980. Born Carmelo Domenic Licciardello in New Jersey in 1956, the performer has sold more than 10 million albums, won several Dove Awards and garnered three Grammy nominations since beginning his career in 1982. He also has appeared on film, is a published author and writes and produces his own movies.

Last year, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells. In June 2013, he told the Chattanooga Times/Free Press that his passion remains evangelism, and he personally ministers to those who attend his concerts seeking prayer and counseling.

Carman performs at 7 p.m. at Christian Life Center Church, 650 E. Olive, Merced, on Oct. 10. Tickets are $18-$25, $100 VIP and are available at the church or online at www.itickets.com. For more, call (209) 383-2273.

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