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CHAMBERS – Wu-Tang Inspired Art Show / Closing Reception / Recap

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The closing reception for CHAMBERS was, hands down, one of the best closing receptions that I’ve had the pleasure of being apart of and most definitely ended our exhibition in proper form.  The Instant Vintage vinyl record fair, featuring some of the areas finest vinyl record collectors, and producer showcase, featuring some DC’s most notable beat-smiths making Wu-Tang inspired beats, served as perfect complements to what many guests considered as a more than memorable night.  Thank you to everyone who attended, salute to all of those that helped spread the word, and props to our partners at ART WHINO and BLIND WHINO for helping to make this happen.  Stay tuned for more is all I’m gonna say…

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“Byrd Over Staten” / Single #2 / “The Shimmey Roll”

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 We couldn’t wait to drop this joint!  The second single from our Byrd Over Staten EP is a bass and piano driven number entitled The Shimmey Roll.  This track features the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard in rare form rhyming over a jazz tune featured on Byrd’s Slow Drag album.  To listen click here.  
As I mentioned in my first post about the project, the full-length EP is tentatively scheduled to be released in November in conjunction with a series of listening parties in DC, NY, and a few other markets.  Stay tuned at www.ShaolinJazz.com.
*Album cover art by Logan Mills Walters

J DILLA Exhibition at Smithsonian in 2016

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I, along with the other the other attendees, first heard the announcement at this year’s DC Loves Dilla event and was blown away.  Its dope to see how far hip-hop has come in getting honored and properly archived like jazz.  Below is an excerpt from the official press release from the Smithsonian:

“The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture announces the donation of significant artifacts from the family of award-winning hip-hop artist and producer, James “J Dilla” Yancey. The items will be part of the museum’s growing arts and entertainment collection designed to explore how popular music helped shape the nation’s history and culture politically and socially. The announcement was made July 17 during the annual “DC Loves Dilla” tribute concert at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. Other musicians featured in the museum’s popular-music collection range from Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne to Chuck Berry, George Clinton/Parliament Funkadelic and Chuck D. Items from these and similar collections will be used in the “Musical Crossroads” exhibition, one of 11 inaugural exhibitions on view when the museum opens in 2016.”

For the entire read click here.

 

Art, Beats + Lyrics’ – Jabari Graham

With the kind of work I do (not to mention coming from a family of entrepreneurs), I’m always interested in the inner workings of brands, creatives, or the “behind the scenes” development and coordination of events, so with Art, Beats + Lyrics in town I got a chance to catch up with the man behind the exhibition – Jabari Graham.

What’s your name and what do you do?

Jabari Graham.  I’m pretty much a creative guy, I have cool ideas, I  get a kick out of them watching them come to life, how it effects others and getting paid from them.

Growing up, what kinds of art and or creative work were you into?

I drew a little, but that went away when the Nintendo came out.  But I still stayed fascinated by art and music.

When you were younger, were you creatively inclined?  If so, what mediums were you into?  What mediums are you currently into?

My mediums were different compared to an artist.  I just tried to find ways to make money: collected and sold baseball cards, comic books, rented my video games out to friends and sold candy in junior high school. Read the rest of this entry