Art, Beats, and Lyrics to feature the New Orleans debut of DJ Rich Medina, Friday, 1/22

PHOTO: EILON PAZ, DUST & GROOVES | Taste makers emerge to set the standard for future development in the arts. This Friday night, the Howlin’ Wolf is the place to be to witness the first ever New Orleans performance of DJ Rich Medina (pictured below). Known primarily as the vinyl junkie who jumpstarted the Afrobeat/Hi Life scene on the east coast a decade ago, he is also a killer performer on the wheels of steel who seamlessly blends multi-genre sets.

His performance is part of the second local iteration of Art, Beats, and Lyrics, a take back of sorts designed to bring art and music out of the galleries and portfolios of the one percent and into the hands of the people.

The series explores hip-hop while highlighting urban art forms expressed through photography, graffiti, paintings, multi-media, DJing, and live music. It is presented by Jack Daniels and Scarface as well as some local artists are also scheduled to perform.

I love this bit from their press materials: “Art and music were once the voice of the people. It was an underground movement driven by the need for expression. Somewhere along the way, art became available only to the elite and music profited only the few. At that point artists lost control of their creation.”

I have been advised this is a limited capacity event with free booze and refreshments, so you need to RSVP here or text ABLNOLA to 68405 by the end of the day on Thursday, January 21, 2015.

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