NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - After seeing several of his friends and family become victims of violent attacks and killings, musician Bo Dollis Jr. felt it was time to step up against New Orleans crime.
"I'm scared," Dollis said. "I don't even let my daughter outside to ride her bike. She rides her bike inside the house. I think we are going to lose a generation, and it's up to the community and the older people to stop it."
Stopping the violent culture of New Orleans is where Dollis is turning his attention. In less than a month, his idea of an anti-violence concert has turned into a reality. He, along with other musicians and youth organizations, will hold an event on June 5 at the Carver Theater on Orleans Avenue to give kids options other than a life in the streets.
"If (parents) know their child is not going down the right road, it's time to bring them out and bring them out to see which way they can go," Dollis said.
The list of musicians includes Dollis and the Wild Magnolia Indians, Charmaine Neville, Tonya Boyd, Alfred Doucette, Gaynielle Neville and others. The event will also include dance teachers, football coaches, karate instructors and other youth organizations.
Dollis started to speak out after his 76-year-old godmother was brutally beaten in Mid-City by two men.
Before that, a friend of Dollis was wounded in the shooting at Bunny Friend Playground in the Ninth Ward that left 17 people injured. He also lost his close friend Lionel "Bummer" Delpit III when Delpit and his nine-months-pregnant fiancee and their unborn child were killed in New Orleans East.
"A lot of participants and musicians are tired of it," Dollis said. "I know a musician. He went out. He had a show, and by the time he came out, they was robbing him before he got to his vehicle."
The free event starts at 4 p.m. and Dollis hopes music and respect can inspire children to turn away from a life of crime.
"This is the time to bring them out there because some way, form or fashion they are going to get scared straight. We're going to have enough football coaches to talk to them straight or we're going to have enough parents that lost loved ones out there that say hey we don't want to see you go down the same road to getting murder or getting killed or being in jail even most. We don't need anymore people in jail right now," Dollis said.