Anti-gang efforts part of this year's Riverbend outreach program

Anti-gang efforts part of this year's Riverbend outreach program

February 7th, 2013 by Barry Courter in Local - Breaking News

Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press.

Riverbend officials have added an anti-gang element to one of its outreach programs.

This year on June 10, Pimps of Joytime, a Brooklyn-based funk band, will be a part of an anti-gang/youth awareness event at the Lindsay Street Performance Hall prior to its headlining performance as part of the Bessie Smith Strut, according to Jeff Styles, assistant talent coordinator for Friends of the Festival, which produces the city's largest outdoor music event, scheduled for June 7-15.

Members of the city's anti-gang task force will be on hand and Chattanooga Parks and Recreation will bring school-aged kids that are part of its Prevention and Youth Program, according to Styles.